Urgent Care: Fast Facts on Hay Fever

Urgent Care: Fast Facts on Hay Fever

Urgent Care: Fast Facts on Hay Fever

Hay fever is all too common throughout the world, and, unfortunately, so are the allergens that aggravate symptoms. Although there are multiple allergens, pollen is the biggest enemy of those suffering hay fever, and, depending on the season, it’s just about everywhere. If you or your loved ones are familiar with the cold-like symptoms of hay fever, read on for some handy information from Urgent Care experts.

Allergic Rhinitis

The medical term for hay fever is “allergic rhinitis.” It affects both children and adults everywhere and is often characterized by a diagnosis of early childhood and symptoms that persist throughout life and begin to become less severe in late adulthood. The symptoms of hay fever are cold-like, so much so that you might have confused them with a cold once or twice–hoarseness, itching of the throat and eyes, cough, fatigue, and more. This is a reaction of the immune system, which is working overtime to protect your respiratory system, just like during a cold–and that explains why the symptoms are similar.

Facts From Experts

What do you need to know about hay fever? Let our opens in a new windowUrgent Care experts explain!

  • Allergens. In the case of hay fever, pollen is the prime suspect, but it’s not alone in its wrongdoing. Hay fever symptoms can also be aggravated by mold. The problem is that each allergen responds uniquely to environmental factors like wind and rain, so it takes a bit of research to learn the patterns in your area.
  • Diagnosis. It’s important to have an official diagnosis of hay fever so that any treatment can be precise and efficient. Tests can include a skin prick test, where different substances are pressed into the skin to test reaction or an allergy blood test.
  • Treatments. There are a variety of treatments available for hay fever sufferers; no matter what your symptom, modern medicine has the solution! You can choose to treat hay fever symptoms as one cohesive whole and use an over-the-counter or prescription that works to “rein in” immune response. You can also attack individual symptoms with treatments like nasal sprays or eye drops.

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