Hay fever is a common condition, but may be hard to recognise. Frequent symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes. Some people may only have one of these, or a combination. Other symptoms of hay fever may include, itchy nose, itchy throat, chronic cough, blocked nose, snoring, tiredness, loss of smell/taste and frequent colds.
Despite the name, fever is not a symptom.
When do people get hay fever?
Symptoms often occur during spring and summer. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to particles (allergens) in the air. Common allergens include:
- Pollens – grass, tree.
- House dust mite
- Pets – cat, dog, horse
In some people, immunotherapy can relieve symptoms, help with other conditions (such as asthma) and can save money on over the counter medications. Our allergy specialists can help you choose the best way to treat your symptom. Please come in to our Figtree medical centre for consultation to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment for this seasonal condition.