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Hay Fever (Overview)

Hay fever has nothing to do with hay and there is no fever. It is allergic rhinitis. About 20% of people develop rhinitis. Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose due to overactivity of t cells in the nose. Mild irritants will increase symptoms, i.e., irritant rhinitis. In 80% of rhinitis cases there is allergic antibody production so there is also an allergic component, allergic rhinitis.


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What is the definition or description of: hay fever?

What is the definition or description of: hay fever?

Allergic rhinitis: Hay fever has nothing to do with hay and there is no fever. It is allergic rhinitis. About 20% of people develop rhinitis. Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose due to overactivity of t cells in the nose. Mild irritants will increase symptoms, i.e., irritant rhinitis. In 80% of rhinitis cases there is allergic antibody production so there is also an allergic component, allergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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Hay Fever (Overview)

Hay fever has nothing to do with hay and there is no fever. It is allergic rhinitis. About 20% of people develop rhinitis. Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose due to overactivity of t cells in the nose. Mild irritants will increase symptoms, i.e., irritant rhinitis. In 80% of rhinitis cases there is allergic antibody production so there is also an allergic component, allergic rhinitis.


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Can someone tell me how long will hay fever last?

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 more

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Managing Hay Fever (Tip)

Managing Hay Fever

Breakfast in bed reduces allergy by equalizing body temperature. ...See more

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Managing Hay Fever (Checklist)

Avoid heavy pollen areas
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Use air conditioners during pollen season
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If necessary, use a non-sedating antihistamine
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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?

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

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What are the symptoms of hay fever?

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

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 more

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Managing Hay Fever (Tip)

Managing Hay Fever

Do I need to se an allergist? What antihistamine can I take? Should I use a steroid nasal spray? ...See more

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Does early morning sneezing, running nose and itchy eyes with season change is sign of hay fever?Im having this problem since childhood.

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 more

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What are the tests for hay fever?

What are the tests for hay fever?

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

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Managing Hay Fever (Tip)

Managing Hay Fever

Daily saline nasal washes, regular visits to your doctor/allergist, controlling indoor environement. ...See more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


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