Neither caused by hay nor resulting in a fever, its name can be misleading. Also called allergic rhinitis (“inflammation of the nose”), hay fever mostly looks like a common cold with nasal congestion, sneezing, an itchy, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. It’s also not uncommon for postnasal dripping to cause a cough. In more severe cases, nose bleeding may be a problem for the allergy sufferer.
Hay fever affects about 30% of the U.S. population, with a third of those being children 17 and under. Hay fever often first shows up in childhood, and while symptoms may improve as one gets older, they may also persist for life.
Many substances can cause this allergic reaction, but most commonly it’s the pollen put off by plants. Trees, grass and weeds all produce pollen which can cause problems for anyone allergic to it, usually during peak times of year for pollen production. Other possible allergens include mold spores, animal dander and dust mites. It’s uncommon, but possible, that a food allergy would cause these symptoms.
At Bluegrass Allergy Care we have been treating hay fever for families in Central Kentucky for over 45 years. We can help you determine what specific allergens trigger your hay fever and prescribe a personalized treatment to bring you relief. Call today to schedule an appointment.