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Hay fever

Overview of hay fever

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Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis (AR) is one of the most common kinds of allergies. The current changing environmental scenario supports an increasing worldwide prevalence of hay fever and other allergic conditions such as asthma. A misnomer, hay is not a usual cause of this problem and it does not cause fever.


Causes of hay fever

Hay fever is outcome of allergic response to some of the substances present in the air like pollen, pet dander, dust mites and other irritating particles, which spreads through the medium of air. Year-round hay fever is triggered by aforementioned factors, whereas seasonal fever is triggered by tree pollen, grass pollen, spores from molds and fungi etc. An interesting fact is despite its name, hay is not regarded as allergen and therefore it does not causes any fever.


Symptoms of hay fever

Some of the common symptoms of the condition are itchy eyes, runny nose, cough, sneezing, itchy nose, decreased sense of smell or taste, congestion, sinus pressures, etc. As soon as person gets in touch with allergens, he starts experiencing these symptoms.


Treatment of hay fever

Treatment of hay fever

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: October 07, 2012

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