Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is a condition that affects 40 million to 60 million Americans. This condition can cause runny nose, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and itchy skin. Allergic rhinitis develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overacts to something in the environment that doesn’t usually affect most people. Although this allergy is commonly called hay fever you don’t get it from being around hay and you don’t necessarily have to have a fever. Hay fever gets its’ name because it refers, collectively, to the symptoms people get when they are allergic to plant pollen. The name came about because symptoms usually come about during hay harvesting season, when these pollens are in the air.
There are two different forms of allergic rhinitis.
1. The first form is perennial. If you have the perennial form of allergic rhinitis you experience symptoms year-round. Dust mites, pet hair, or mold are usually symptoms of this form of hay fever.
2. The second form of allergic rhinitis is seasonal. Symptoms of this form of hay fever are usually triggered by the changing seasons and the body’s sensitivity to airborne mold spores or to pollen from grass, weeds, and trees.
Other triggers for allergic rhinitis include perfume, cigarette smoke, and exhaust fumes. If you suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis it is best to simply try to avoid this that trigger the onset of a reaction. It is best to keep windows closed during high pollen times. Time of high pollen are often reported on weather website and often reported on the morning weather report. Wear sunglasses when heading outside in order to keep pollen out of your eyes. Wash your hands after petting an animal. If you are interesting in purchasing a pet but suffer from allergic rhinitis it is best to researches pets that are hypoallergenic. Hay fever can be treated with over the counter medications and eye drops as well as prescription medications.