Seasonal Allergy or “Hay Fever”

Seasonal allergy or “hay fever” is a medical condition that presents as sneezing, runny and stuffy nose, itchy eyes and throat, ear itching and popping, and cough in response seasonal exposure to pollens (trees, grasses, weeds) or molds. All allergies can interfere with sleep quality and make it difficult for adults and children to function during the day. The allergy is the result of a misdirected immune system. Normally when people inhale pollens and molds, they should have no symptoms. When people have allergies, their immune system makes an abnormal response such that exposure to these substances triggers the above mentioned symptoms. Seasonal allergies can occur at any time of life and can get better or worse throughout one’s life. Approximately 20-30% of the population has allergies. Allergies can lead to some other medical conditions including chronic ear or sinus infections, cough, and asthma.

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