Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Hay Fever
Some people with this condition refuse to even venture outside during peak periods.
Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages, usually associated with water nasal discharge and itching of the nose and eyes. Allergic rhinitis affects over 20 percent of the American population and ranks as one of the most common illnesses in the United States. The symptoms occur in the nose and eyes and usually occur after exposure to dust, dander, or certain seasonal pollens in people that are allergic to these substances. Most people have symptoms of allergic rhinitis before the age of 30, but may occur at any age. Patients can be severely restricted in their daily activities, resulting in excessive time away from school or work. Millions of dollars are spent each year on physician services and medication for treatment of this chronic illness.
Symptoms and signs surface when you come into contact with allergens. These symptoms may occur at a certain time of the year and are often triggered by tree, grass, weeds, pollen, or from spores of the fungi and molds – this is known as seasonal hay fever. Seasonal hay fever symptoms are most common during spring, late spring, summer and fall.
Allergic reactions that are caused by dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches or spores from indoor mold or fungi and bring about year-round (perennial) hay fever symptoms.
Hay fever affects people of all ages, but usually develops during childhood or early adulthood. Hay fever tends to be hereditary and you are more likely to develop this condition if there is family history of asthma or allergies. Other risk factors include being a firstborn child, of the male gender, born during pollen season, or if exposure to dust mites or cigarette smoke was received during the first year of your life.
Various conventional medications and natural therapies can minimize and control symptoms together with certain lifestyle modifications.
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