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How do I know I have hay fever
Health 28.05.20 

How Do I Know I Have Hay Fever?

What is Hay Fever?

Hay fever is a common allergic reaction which occurs at particular times of the year – in this article we answer your question, how do I know I have hay fever? It is also known as seasonal rhinitis, sharing symptoms with perennial allergic rhinitis, but occurring as a reaction to pollen from grass, trees and weeds during the early spring and summer months. It can affect both adults and children.

What Causes Hay Fever?

Hay fever is caused by the body making allergic antibodies (IgE) to certain substances, such as pollen, house dust mites or mould, which are known as allergens.

Grass pollen is the most common allergen during spring, but tree (February to June) and weed (June to September) pollens can also cause the allergic reaction we know as hay fever. In perennial allergic rhinitis the symptoms continue all year round and usually relate to indoor allergens, such as house dust mites, pets, including birds, or moulds.

How Do I Know I Have Hayfever?

  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Sneezing and/or a blocked nose
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness
  • The sensation of mucus running down the back of the throat, which can also be a symptom, is called ‘post-nasal drip’.

What Do I Do if I Have Symptoms?

Currently, pollen count is high in the UK, so you may be experiencing hay fever symptoms.  If you have hay fever it may be worth monitoring daily pollen counts, on higher days you can then try to not spend too much time outside. If you do have to leave the house on high pollen day, make sure you jump straight in the shower when you get home (try to wash your hair too). You may also want you avoid leaving your clothes to dry on an outdoor washing line.  Finally, you can take hay fever relief tablets or balms under your nose to prevent a reaction.

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