The medical name for hay fever is allergic rhinitis. It’s an acute form of allergy caused by pollen of grasses, trees and other plants and is usually seasonal.

 

Hay fever is characterized by:

 

  • Inflammation of the membrane lining of the nose, roof of the mouth and pharynx and eyes begin to itch.
  • Onset of symptoms may be gradual or acute at the start of the pollen season.
  • Headaches, irritability, anorexia, depression and insomnia may be associated with hay fever.
  • Coughing and asthmatic wheezing may develop as the season progresses.

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