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Key Information About Hay Fever

Updated on January 9, 2020
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Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis. Approximately 10 to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children worldwide are affected by this condition.

Symptoms

Congestion, inflammation, itchy mouth, sneezing, sinus pressure, itchy throat, coughing, itchy watery eyes, itchy nose and tiredness are some common symptoms of hay fever.

This condition produces a runny nose with a thin, watery discharge.

Hay Fever vs Common Cold

Hay Fever
Common Cold
Caused by an allergen
Caused by virus
Usually lasts for many weeks
Lasts for around five days
Does not cause fever
Usually causes fever

Inflammation Caused by Hay Fever

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Causes

Hay fever is caused by allergic response to allergens like pet dander, dust mites and pollen.

You can get hay fever at any age, although it usually begins in childhood or during the teenage years.

Pollen Enlarged 500 Times

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Treatment

Doctors use antihistamine medicines to treat symptoms of hay fever. Intranasal corticosteroid sprays are effective against moderate to severe symptoms of this condition.

Probiotic modulation of the immune system relieves hay fever symptoms.

No one should have to live their lives inconvenienced by hay fever.

— Shelly Horton, Australian lifestyle and media commentator

Prevention

Find out what substances you are allergic to. Reducing your exposure to these substances should ease your symptoms.

Pet Dander Can Cause Allergic Reactions

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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