Be greater than your allergies
WHAT IS HAY FEVER AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
You might hear seasonal allergies described as “hay fever” from time to time. Actually, it’s what seasonal allergies were called two centuries ago. Take a read below for a quick history on hay fever, and what you can do to keep your symptoms at bay.
HAY FEVER HISTORY
WHAT CAUSES HAY FEVER?
Understanding how to manage or prevent hay fever symptoms is easier when you know the causes of hay fever. Seasonal hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, can be caused by outdoor wind-borne allergens like pollen from trees, weeds, and grass.² Indoor allergens that can cause hay fever year-round include dust mites, pet dander, and indoor molds – causing what is commonly referred to as perennial allergic rhinitis.²
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAY FEVER?
Itchy eyes, mouth or skin²
Fatigue, due to poor quality sleep as a result of nasal obstruction²
MANAGING HAY FEVER ALLERGIES
Today, we refer to hay fever as allergic rhinitis, or seasonal allergies. And as we now know, the top culprit of allergic rhinitis isn’t hay, but the pollen from trees, weeds, and grasses that’s coincidentally released at the same time hay is growing.²
What’s more, millions of Americans experience hay fever symptoms year-round, regardless of when pollen season starts and ends. Year-round symptoms can be caused by indoor allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold.³
As Bostock correctly observed, the symptoms of hay fever can indeed occur "with great violence" or, rather, they can be awfully unpleasant and disruptive.
And while it is difficult to avoid airborne pollen, certain measures can be taken to minimize the risk of triggering allergy symptoms both outdoors and at home:
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1. Ramachandran, M., & Aronson, J. John Bostock's First Description of Hayfever. JRSM, 237-240. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3110966/ Accessed May 4, 2019.
2. ACAAI. Allergic Rhinitis. http://acaai.org/allergies/types/hay-fever-rhinitis Accessed May 4, 2019.
3. ACAAI. Indoor Allergens. http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/indoor-allergens.aspx Accessed May 4, 2019
4. Allergy Prevention Tips. http://www.pollen.com/allergy-prevention.asp Accessed May 4, 2019.
5. Craig, TJ, et al. Congestion and Sleep Impairment in Allergic Rhinitis. 10.1007/s11882-010-0091-5. Accessed May, 4, 2019.