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It is a very common allergy that takes place when your immune system overreacts to different allergens such as pollen, molds, dust mites etc., therefore, affecting the nasal region of the body.

It is further classified into two-

  • Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis/Hayfever- This kind of Hayfever mostly occurs in the seasons following spring, autumn and summers and is usually triggered due to airborne allergens such as mold spores, pollen from weeds, plants, grass and trees

  • Perennial Allergic Rhinitis- People suffering from this kind of rhinitis usually show symptoms all year long, it is usually triggered by allergens such as dust mites, pet hair etc.

A lot of people may suffer from both kinds of allergic rhinitis, usually, the symptoms may get worse during pollen seasons. Other causes for this allergy also include cigarette smoke, pollutants, perfumes, various cleaning products etc.​​

Common Allergic Rhinitis symptoms-

  • Running nose

  • Itchy nose and skin

  • Fatigue and Tiredness(due to lack of sleep caused by nasal blockage)

  • Stuffy nose(caused by excess mucus present in the nose)

  • Watery and red eyes

  • Frequent sneezing​​​

Various triggers that cause Hay Fever-

  • Indoor Allergens- Usually includes the different trigger that is found in your home or work environment such as - dust mites, pet hair, molds etc.

  • Outdoor Allergens- The most common outdoor allergens are mold spores and pollen which can be contracted via grass, weed, trees etc.

  • Other Triggers- As discussed above there are various triggers which can act as an irritant for example; cigarette smoke, perfumes, any product compassing strong odour

Tests involved for Hay Fever-

  • Skin Prick Test- During this test, a small amount of allergen(in liquid form) is pricked into the skin to see for possible reactions which may occur after getting in contact with the skin. It is a very common test and takes about 10 to 20 minutes for the results to be known.

Skin prick test, copyright British Allergy Clinic

If you think that you are suffering from hay fever or you have any of these symptoms. Please consult a good allergist near you. British Allergy Clinic provides top quality allergy services in London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and video consultations are also available. You can directly call us at +44 (0) 7587840618 or fill this form.

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