Hay Fever – Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Hay Fever or Allergic Rhinitis is a seasonal disorder caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. They have cold-like symptoms but without the fever.


Sneezing and coughing, runny nose, itchiness in eyes, throat, nose or mouth, headache, fatigue, loss of smell.

Common Causes

Hay Fever is caused by an allergic reaction to the pollen produced by plants. In the UK, pollen counts are highest during March through September. Hay fever could also be caused by other indoor allergens like dust mites.


Hay fever cannot be cured but you can help alleviate the symptoms. Antihistamine drops and nasal sprays can be effective in managing them. Stay away from pollen where possible – refrain from going outdoors near grass or flowers, wash your clothes after you have been out as they can all carry pollen and make you react. If hay fever gets worse or lasts too long, a doctor may recommend allergy testing or immunotherapy.

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