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Hard to say it: Depends on how old you are now....Children often have the symptoms for many years, ..Sometimes they become less as adolescents..But may come back in the 20s or 30s...If you are an adult they can last a long time..But may also go away as you get older. But it is also true from year to year your symptoms can vary, ...Seeing an allergist will help you the most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My WBC count is 10120 at health check up. B4 the check up i got a severe pollen hay fever so i got a steroid shot to ease symptom. Should i worry?
No: Steroid shot may increase the white count and yours was only minimally elevated. You should be more concerned over the use of steroid shot for hay fever since there are many safer and more effective options available. Steroid shot should be used as the last resort and not as the first responder. ...Read more
Itching & sneezing: Are symptoms specific for allergic rhinitis. When absent & you have other symptoms of rhinitis - congestion, runny nose, burning, post nasal drip, coughing - think a cold, sinus infection or non allergic rhinitis. Itchy eyes & top of your mouth are other specific symptoms of allergic rhinitis. It's called hay fever because it occurs in late summer when farmers mow the tall grass to make hay. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does early morning sneezing, running nose and itchy eyes with season change is sign of hay fever?Im having this problem since childhood.
Air born allergy: The label "hay fever" has been applied by some to any air born allergy or specifically to the irritants that are in the air when harvest time brings the cutting of hay. Either way, seasonal changes bring new things into the air. Most who are sensitive will also be allergic to the dust mites that permeate your pillow & mattress. Combine the two & you can have morning issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By skin or blood: When you see an allergist, they will first take a detailed history of your symptoms(runny nose, headaches, itchy eyes etc) and then examine you. Usually a simple scratch test is done(answers within 15-20 minutes)..But some will first do a blood test(aanswers within 2-4 days). ...Read more
Hay fever is it: Hay fever is a form of seasonal allergic rhinitis caused by allergy to ragweed. Ragweed pollenates during late august to early september, the traditional time for mowing hay. 19th century physicians thought that this malady of the nose & eyes might be due in some fashion to particles released by freshly mowed hay. "fever" is a 19th century term for inflammation & doesn't mean temperature elevation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy medicines: Hay fever (allergies) is usually due to pollens that are in the air. Some people are allergic to molds and other substances. One can wear a mask when working outdoors or when hiking. Avoid playing outdoors when the pollen or smog levels are high. Medicines such as Claritin otc, zyrtec otc, or prescription eye drops and nasal steroid sprays are helpful. Allergy shots are another option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer