Hay Fever (Seasonal Allergies)

It has nothing to do with hay or fever. The sneezy, itchy, runny and congested noses are known as "allergic rhinitis" and are caused by allergies to pollen, mold, dust mites and more. Start here to learn about allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergy symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Allergy Medicine for Hay Fever

All About Hay Fever

  • child sneezing among flowers, pollen, allergen
    Introduction to Hay Fever
    Also known as "allergic rhinitis," hay fever is known for sneezing, runny, itchy nose and congestion.
  • pollen grain inside a yellow flower, allergies, allergen
    Causes of Hay Fever
    It could be genetic, but exposure to allergens such as pollen bring on symptoms.
  • woman blowing nose into tissue
    Symptoms of Hay Fever
    Stuffy head, itchy eyes, sneezing and sore throat may accompany seasonal allergies.
  • Nasal spray in a person's hands
    Treatments for Hay Fever
    Nasal washes, nasal sprays, antihistamines and allergy shots are some treatments for allergy relief.

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