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Hay Fever

Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) are often mistaken for the common cold as it has many of the same signs and symptoms as the common cold, however it is not caused by a virus. It is primarily caused by allergic reactions to either indoor or outdoor allergens such as pollen, dust mites or pet dander. Mold is far more threatening than pollen. Even though many people suffer with hay fever symptoms all year, most likely the symptoms will be worse at certain times of the year and are triggered by tree, grass or weed pollens.

Symptoms are defined between seasonal and perennial sinusitis. Seasonal hay fever primarily occurs during the spring, summer and fall are caused by pollen. Perennial hay fever allergies are usually triggered by indoor allergens such as dust mites and pet dander but often times worsen during the onset of hay fever season.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of the common cold may include:

  • Prolonged, violent sneezing
  • Sensation/pressure of plugged ear(s)
  • Runny nose (clear)
  • Watery eyes
  • Congestion/stuffy nose
  • Itching/painful of nose, ear canal and eyes
  • Postnasal drip (resulting in cough)
  • Fatigue

Often times you can control the above symptoms with the use of over the counter medications, however, you should contact 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 become colored and thickened
  • Sore throat that worsens
  • Earache or discharge from the ear

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