Hay fever (or seasonal allergic rhinitis) is caused by an allergy to pollen. It's a common allergic condition affecting 1 in 5 people in the UK at some point in their life and can cause misery just as the weather is getting nicer. Read on for some further information about the condition and for some tips on how to manage your symptoms.
When the air pollen count is raised, the main symptoms experienced are:
The higher the pollen count, the worse the symptoms can be.
Pollen is a fine powdery molecule which is released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. A protein in the pollen can react with the sinuses, nose, throat and eyes to cause irritation and inflammation.
There are three common types of pollen which cause the majority of hay fever:
There are a number of things that you can try to do to reduce the impact of the pollen:
There are a number of medications which can help targeted at relieving each symptom: