Hay Fever

Hay fever – an allergic condition, usually to airborne pollen or mould spores, that affects the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory(breathing) tract and the eyes. Typically there is nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes as well as a burning sensation of the palate and throat.


Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:
• itching of the nose, mouth/palate, eyes, throat, skin, or ears
• clear runny nose (rhinitis)
• impaired sense of smell
• sneezing (may be frequent, prolonged and violent)
• nasal congestion
• increased tearing
• post-nasal drip
• wheezing
• persistent cough (often rattling)
• sore throat
• crease across the top of the nose from constant wiping
• dark circles under eyes
• edematous nasal mucosa (usually pale or violet in colour)

Two ways to help hay fever: