Hay Fever; Is It Real Fever?

Hay Fever; Is It Real Fever?For too many, the concept of hay fever is ambiguous. However, understanding of how does one gets hay fever, how does one become a carrier, the early symptoms and its definitive potential risk are pieces of information still needed to be disseminated to the public. It is important to spread awareness so that people can take the necessary safety measures to protect themselves.

What exactly is hay fever and how does one tell the difference between this allergy and a common cold? It is not just a common cold, it is seasonal and the symptoms are very different from a common cold. You might suffer from redness or itchy eyes, sore throat and a runny nose. This is usually the start of spring season. Hay fever is also called seasonal rhinitis or allergic rhinitis but if you suffer from a fever all year round, it might not be hay fever. This condition is called as “perennial allergic rhinitis” and refers to the allergens always around you i.e. pet dander, chemical foods and dust mites.

It is not necessary for you to have this condition from birth. It can hit you with its symptoms any time; in fact, a survey shows that hay fever is most prevalent between the ages of 25 and 34. Grass pollens are usually spread through air during May or mid-July. This is the time when you will find yourself vulnerable to symptoms of hay fever.

One way to find out if you have hay fever is to ask yourself some questions:

These are some questions that might help you self-assess if you have hay fever. In a densely polluted city, pollens usually stick to the highly thick air and results in a large number of people suffering through hay fever. Your frequent visit to or through a place full of grass and plants might be the cause of hay fever. A passion for gardening might also develop the symptoms of hay fever.

If you do not pop up some pills soon, then hay fever can result in a tiresome day, irritability and insomnia. Severe symptoms can be:

Hay fever is more difficult for asthmatics because it triggers frequent asthma attacks that makes it harder to breath for them. Nasal congestion and hay fever is a difficult combination for pregnant women. In western countries, about 10-25% people suffer from hay fever annually. In the US, 17.6 million Americans were diagnosed with hay fever in 2012.

Although there are many treatments out there, some of the popular ones include:

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