Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure. But unlike a cold, hay fever isn't caused by a virus.
Hay fever is caused by an allergic response to
outdoor or indoor allergens, such as pollen, dust mites or pet
dander. Hay fever can make you miserable and affect your
performance at work or school and interfere with leisure activities.
But you don't have to put up with annoying symptoms. Learning how to avoid triggers and finding the right treatment can make a big difference.
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
Time of year can be a factor Your fever symptoms may start or
worsen at a particular time of year, triggered by tree pollen,
grasses or weeds, which all bloom at different times.
If you're sensitive to indoor allergens, such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold or pet dander, you may have year-round symptoms. Many people have allergy symptoms all year long, but their symptoms get worse during certain times of the year. The effects of age Although hay fever can begin at any age, you're most likely to develop it during childhood or early adulthood. It's common for the severity of reactions to change over the years. For most people, hay fever symptoms tend to diminish slowly, often over decades.
Is it hay fever? Or is it a cold? Signs and symptoms can be different. Here's how to tell which one's causing your symptoms: Hay fever Colds Signs and symptoms Runny nose with thin, watery discharge; no fever Runny nose with watery or thick yellow discharge; body aches; low-grade fever Onset Immediately after exposure to allergens 1-3 days after exposure to a cold virus Duration As long as you're exposed to allergens 3-7 days
Problems that may be associated with hay fever include: Reduced quality of life. Hay fever can interfere with your enjoyment of activities and cause you to be less productive. For many people, symptoms lead to absences from work or school. Poor sleep. Hay fever symptoms can keep you awake or make it hard to stay asleep. Worsening asthma. If you have asthma, hay fever can worsen signs and symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing. Sinusitis. Prolonged sinus congestion due to hay fever may increase your susceptibility to sinusitis — an infection or inflammation of the membrane that lines the sinuses. Ear infection. In children, hay fever often is a factor in middle ear infection (otitis media).
LIFESTYLE AND HOME REMEDIES-
There's no proven way to avoid getting hay fever in the first place. Doctors think reducing a child's exposure to allergy-causing substances, such as dust mites and animal dander, may help delay or prevent fever — but the evidence isn't clear yet.
Few Homeopathic medicines-
Ailanthus Glandulosa -Mucous membranes haemorrhagic, ulcerative. Discharges are thin, acrid.Acts upon blood, disorganizing it, producing conditions like low fevers, low types of eruptive diseases, streptococcus infection, haemorrhagic diathesis. Arsenicum Album -Extremely CHILLY, wants to be wrapped up warmly, hugs the fire. Chilly with rheumatic complaints, warm blooded in headaches. Great prostration, with rapid sinking of the vital forces, out of proportion to the rest of his illness. BURNING pains, affected parts burn like fire, pains maddening, even felt during sleep, cause shortness of breath.
DULCAMARA - This remedy is useful to those persons who are prone to catarrhal, rheumatic and herpetic affections on account of exposure to cold, damp weather, sudden change in hot weather.
POTHOS FOETIDUS -Head-Headache in small single spots with violent throbbing in temporal arteries.Sneezing aggravated from Dust is the most important part. Respiratory system-Spasmodic asthma, sudden anxiety with dyspnoea and sweat followed by stool and relief.
IODIUM -Respiratory system-Hoarseness; painful, choking. Rawness and tickling feeling provoking a dry cough.
CATHARTIC -Laryngitis and bronchitis with difficult
expectoration. If you have hay fever, the best thing you can do
is to take steps to lessen your exposure to the allergens that cause
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