Hay fever is known as allergic rhinitis (which is what your doctor will call it). Rhin is derived from Greek meaning nose and –It is also Greek meaning disease. Hay fever is also called seasonal rhinitis because it comes and goes with the spring and fall seasons and lets up during the winter when fewer allergens are present.
Allergic rhinitis is primarily caused by a high concentration of pollen in the air during the spring and summer seasons. During these times of the year, trees, flowers, and grasses release vast quantities of pollen into the air. When you inhale, or come in contact with pollen spores that you are allergic to, they can cause inflammation and a wide range of other symptoms. Other irritants that can trigger hay fever include mold, feathers, and dust mites (microscopic-sized insects that feed off of dead human skin cells). These irritants are present in some pillows, down clothing, draperies, upholstery, thick carpeting, and bedding.
Hay fever signs and symptoms usually start immediately after you're exposed to a specific allergy-causing substance (allergen) and can include: Runny nose and nasal congestion Watery or itchy eyes Sneezing Cough
Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat Sinus pressure and facial pain Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes (allergic shiners) Decreased sense of smell or taste
The best hay fever treatment is to avoid the substances that cause your reaction. However, this isn't always possible, and you may need additional treatments along with strategies to prevent exposure. If your hay fever isn't too severe, over-the-counter medications may be enough to ease your symptoms. For more bothersome symptoms, you may need to take prescription medications. Many people get the best relief from a combination of allergy medications. It may take trying a few before you figure out what works best for you. If your child has hay fever, talk with your doctor about the best treatment. Some medications are approved for use in children, while others are approved only for adults. If you want to try an over-the-counter medication for your child, be sure to read the labels carefully.
Allergy season is in full swing, with weeds pollens in high levels in the air this time of year. For many of us, that means more allergy symptoms and more allergy medicines. But which medicine works the best for allergy symptoms? To some extent, the answer is quite individualized from one person to the next. But, as an allergist, I can tell you that some medicines would be expected to work much better than others. The choice of which medicine is best for you is dependent upon a discussion that you have with your doctor. But, if you feel that one particular medicine has not worked, be proactive and ask for another! By finding the right medication for your allergy symptoms, you'll be much happier once allergy season rolls around once again.
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