Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
Seasonal allergic rhinitis, often referred to as "hay fever" is triggered by a common allergen called pollen, which is produced by certain types of grasses and trees.
Overview and Symptoms
A pollen count, heard quite often in the spring on local weather reports, is a measure of how much pollen is in the air. Pollen counts tend to be highest in early morning on warm, dry, breezy days and lowest during colder, wet weather. The pollen count is useful as a general guide for when it may be wise to stay indoors and avoid contact with pollen. Some people get the best results with a combination of treatments.
There are a number of treatments for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), such as:
- Avoiding contact with substances that produce pollen and cause hay fever
- Rinsing the sinuses
- Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines and decongestants
- Prescription medications in the form of nasal sprays, tablets, or eye drops
- Allergy shots