Hay fever is a condition with a head cold, sneezing and a stuffy nose often accompanied by itching of the eyes, red eyes and lacrimation. The cause of hay fever can be pollen allergy, animal hair, house-dust mites, mould fungus or foodstuffs. You doctor can determine what you are allergic to. There is an effective medication for hay fever than can be bought over counter at a pharmacy. If this medication is not effective enough, your doctor can help you.
Hay fever is most common with the 20 to 30 year olds. Studies have shown that the illness slowly reduces in strength until the age of 40 to 50 years where it often disappears entirely.
The cause of hay fever may be allergy. Frequently, it is allergy to pollen, animal hair, house-dust mites, mould fungus and foodstuff. Pollen of trees, grass and plants are withheld in the nose and if you are allergic to pollen, you will have hay fever. in the same way, animal hair, mould fungus or house-dust mites are withheld in the nose and if you are allergic to those, you will have hay fever. The most frequent foodstuffs that can cause hay fever are nuts, tomatoes and citrus fruits.
Hay fever caused by pollen allergy appears in certain periods. In the spring, especially birch is a bother, in the summer it is grass and in the autumn it is mugwort. Those who are allergic to house-dust mites are bothered all the year round but especially during the winter because the home is not aired as well.
Typical for hay fever is sudden itching in the eyes and nose and to some extent in the palate. Itching in the eyes lead to rubbing and thereby red eyes and further irritation. Itching in the nose results in sneezing with up to 25 sneezes immediately following each other. At the same time, the nose and the eyes runs with a thin liquid and you have a stuffy nose. If the condition lasts for a longer time without treatment, headache may arise and difficulties with concentrating.
Consider hay fever in the case of:
- Prolonged common cold with head cold and many sneezesItching in the nose and the palate
- Red, itchy eyes that are watery
- Prolonged headache