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Hay Fever: Symptoms & Treatment

While summer is just around the corner, spring is still here and with that comes allergies.

If you are someone who suffers from outdoor allergies then you know that spring is your least favorite season. From pollen and wind, being in a region that is full of nature can bring misery to your daily life and may keep you cooped up inside more than you would like.

One type of allergic reaction that occurs often in the spring is Hay Fever. If you have ever experienced this allergic reaction, then you know how uncomfortable and inconvenient it can be, especially for social activities.

Read more to find out more information about hay fever, including symptoms, triggers and possible treatment options.

Overview

When it comes to understanding hay fever, it is good to know what the symptoms are.

First, it is important to know the facts. Hay fever effects over 30 percent of people worldwide, so know that you are not the only one! Second, it may be misleading but those that are suffering from Hay fever, are not experiencing a fever or an allergic reaction to hay.

When referring to this allergic reaction the correct term is Allergic Rhinitis. This type of allergic reaction is a reference to the irritation it causes in the nose.

Symptoms

If you have experienced the following symptoms, chances are you have at some point had hay fever.

These symptoms may include: 

  • Excess tear production in the eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Eye itching
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of sense of smell

Treatment

The type of treatment available is dependent on your symptoms and preference. While there are a variety of over-the-counter medications available, there are also alternative treatment options.

For those that opt for the medications, there are a few that are available and are based on your symptoms. These may include: 

  • Decongestant: if you are suffering from a stuffy nose, using a decongestant will help to shrink the inflamed membranes in the nose. This will allow a more ease of breathing.

  • Antihistamines: these type of medication is a preventative measure. If you know that you will be outside in an environment that you may be allergic to, taking antihistamines will help protect your membranes from being negatively impacted.

If you are looking for an alternative form of treatment, chiropractic care may be an option to explore. Seeing a chiropractor will not cure you of your allergies but rather help you to make your symptoms and reactions less severe.

It is best to speak with a chiropractor that specializes in allergies and may help with your symptoms by helping to boost your immune system. With a stronger immune system, your body’s reaction to pollen and other allergies may lessen.  

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