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Top 5 Hay Fever Symptoms You Don’t Want to Ignore

Allergy Relief Clinics, Hay Fever Symptoms

Nearly 20 million people a year are diagnosed with hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. This condition can make you feel properly miserable, and it can even cause long-term side effects, if not addressed. 

At Allergy Relief Clinics in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Rafiquddin S. Rahimi can help diagnose and treat hay fever, relieving your symptoms and decreasing the risk of long-term side effects. But how do you know when your hay fever is becoming a more serious danger to your health?

Hay fever 101

Hay fever is an allergic reaction that starts in your nasal cavity and spreads through your sinuses. It might feel like you have a cold at first, with runny and/or stuffy nose, itchy throat, irritated eyes, and sinus pressure. But unlike a cold, which usually runs its course in a week or less, hay fever can linger, continuing to produce symptoms as long as exposure to the allergen continues. 

Hay fever can be caused by a wide range of allergens. Allergens can be indoors or outdoors, seasonal or year-round. You could be allergic to pollen, something at your job, an animal, or even a fragrance.

The first line of treatment for hay fever is to try to limit exposure and treat your symptoms appropriately with over-the-counter medication to reduce irritation and inflammation. Although most symptoms of hay fever are nothing to be concerned about, five symptoms can cause serious harm in severe or prolonged cases. 

Serious symptoms of hay fever

The symptoms mentioned above are run of the mill for hay fever sufferers. However, you might need to be concerned if any of the following five symptoms are present over a long period of time, as they can cause complications: 

  1. Extreme sinus inflammation: This can lead to sinusitis, a more serious sinus infection.
  2. Difficulty breathing: This can be particularly dangerous for individuals with asthma.
  3. Pressure in the ears: Young children are particularly vulnerable to ear infections. 
  4. Red, itchy eyes: Allergic conjunctivitis can occur as you repeatedly rub your eyes.
  5. Fatigue and irritability: Poor sleep can affect your mood and work or school performance.

If you have had hay fever for more than a week and OTC medications aren’t helping, seeing an allergy specialist like Dr. Rahimi can help. Prescription nasal spray, corticosteroids, or allergy shots could help you kick hay fever to the curb.

If you or a loved one has severe hay fever and you are concerned about serious side effects, call our office at 972-435-0338, or book an appointment using our online tool. 

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