Hay Fever

Hay fever, also called Allergic Rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to pollens are other airborne allergens. Symptoms of hay fever include runny nose (or blocked nose), sneezing, watery eyes, cough (from postnasal drip), itchy throat, and other symptoms. Hay fever needs to be distinguished from the many other possible causes of runny nose ...

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Introduction: Hay Fever

Each spring, summer, and fall, trees, weeds, and grasses release tiny pollen grains into the air. Some of the pollen ends up in your nose and throat. This can trigger a type of allergy called hay fever. Symptoms can include ...1

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Symptoms of Hay Fever

Airborne Allergy

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Complications of Hay Fever

Airborne Allergy

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Causes of Hay Fever

Airborne allergens such as mould, dust, pollen, grasses and weeds can cause hay fever. ...Source: New Zealand Health4 ...

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Causes List for Hay Fever

Some possible causes of Hay Fever or similar disorders may include:5

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Diagnosis of Hay Fever

Diagnosis: Testing for Allergies Knowing exactly what you are allergic to can help you lessen or prevent exposure and treat your reactions. There are several tests to pinpoint allergies:

  • Allergy skin tests—Allergy skin testing provides rapid results within a ...
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Genetics of Hay Fever

Research shows that you’re more likely to develop food allergies if several members of your family have allergies. That includes any type of allergy, including hay fever. If you have 2 allergic parents, you’re more likely to develop ...6

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Treatments: Hay Fever

For several allergy problems, like hay fever, health care providers may recommend subcutaneous immunotherapy, or allergy shots, in which allergens are injected directly into a person’s body. ...Source: NIAID (NIH)7 ...

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Prevention of Hay Fever

Protecting yourself

  • Between 5:00 and 10:00 a.m., stay indoors. Save outside activities for late afternoon or after a heavy rain, when pollen levels are lower.
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Research for Hay Fever

Seasonal Allergy Research at NIH: Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers: In 1971, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) established its Asthma and Allergic Diseases Centers to conduct basic and clinical research on the mechanisms, diagnosis ...8

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  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ hayfever.html
  2. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg26-27.html
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ allergies
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2008/ May/ docs/ 01features_01.htm
  7. Source: NIAID (NIH): niaid.nih.gov/ diseases-conditions/ treatment-living-food-allergy
  8. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg26-27.html

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