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The Symptoms Of Hay Fever

Jul 25, 2008
The usual symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), congested (stuffy) nose, postnasal drip, sensation of plugged ear, watery, bloodshot eyes, itching of nose, soft palate, ear canal, eyes, and/or skin, fatigue, and trouble sleeping.

Call your health care provider if you experience any of the following symptoms that do not improve with self-treatment, fever that does not subside, nasal secretions that are colored, thickened, or bloody, sore throat that gets worse, and earache or ear discharge

Go to the hospital emergency department if you experience any of the following in conjunction with an allergic reaction very high fever, difficulty breathing, uncontrolled bleeding, and discharge from the ear or severe earache.

Your health care provider will ask you questions about the following medical history, including allergies, asthma, and eczema. Seasonal symptoms associated with specific geographic locations. Also, family history of hay fever, asthma, and other allergies

He or she may take a drop of your nasal discharge, looking at it under a microscope for many immune cells called eosinophils, which increase dramatically in number during an allergic reaction.

An allergy specialist (allergist) may be able to determine the exact allergen causing your hay fever. He or she uses a skin test in which dilute solutions of various allergens are introduced into your skin. A positive reaction is indicated by a typical wheal and flare reaction (raised red bump).

Hay fever is an allergic reaction. It is your immune system's response to foreign material in the air you breathe. Hay fever usually refers to allergies to outdoor, airborne materials such as pollens and molds.

About 15 percent of the population of the United States has some degree of hay fever. It is found equally in both men and women. Usually hay fever is seasonal, but it can last all year long if the allergen stays throughout the year. Spring and fall are the main hay fever seasons.

The development of allergic disease relates to a complex interplay of genetic and environmental differences. Since no significant genetic changes have occurred in the last two decades, we must assume that environmental factors are most likely responsible for this trend.

The reunification of Germany offered tremendous insight into the impact of environmental changes on allergic conditions. These disorders were less common in East Germany than in West Germany before reunification, where as since that geopolitical change occurred, the prevalence of allergic problems (except asthma) has increased among children who spent their early childhood in East Germany.

here is also clear evidence that in the Western world these disorders are increasing in frequency. In Sweden, for example, the number of children with allergic rhinitis, asthma or eczema has doubled over a 12-year period.
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