What Is Hay Fever
Hay Fever is an allergic reaction to pollen that results in intermittent allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergic rhinitis. Rhinitis is the medical term for a runny nose. Needless to say, as minor as a runny nose may sound, those who suffer from hay fever endure a lot more discomfort than most people think. Nearly 25% of all Americans are affected by hay fever. This percentage includes nearly 40% of all children and anywhere from 20% to 30% of all adults. An estimated $1 billion is spent annually to treat and manage hay fever symptoms in the United States alone.
What Triggers Hay Fever
Pollen is the leading trigger of a hay fever attack. It is comprised of particles of flowering plants, in particular, the male cells. Pollen from weeds, trees, and grass are more often responsible for hay fever reactions than that from flowers. Unlike flower pollen which is usually heavy and waxy, pollen from the other sources listed is often smaller and lighter, therefore more likely to cause a reaction. Because pollen is the main trigger of a hay fever attack, most people suffer regular bouts with their symptoms throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall when the pollen counts are often highest. Hay Fever can also produce an adverse reaction to mold exposure, as well as pollen, in some individuals. Animal dander can cause a reaction in some people as well. Exposure to cigarette smoke, air fresheners, colognes or perfumes, and outside pollution such as car exhaust fumes can tend to exacerbate your symptoms and make them harder to get under control.
Hay Fever Symptoms
Contrary to the name, hay fever does not actually produce a fever as one of its many symptoms. Instead, the primary symptom of hay fever is a runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. These symptoms may also be accompanied by watery, itchy, and red eyes, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, as well as a wheeze, cough, or other difficulty breathing, usually triggered by post nasal drip. Loss of smell and taste are not as common, but can still result from hay fever outbreaks as well as nose bleeds.
Diagnosing Hay Fever
For a proper hay fever diagnosis, you should schedule a consultation with your primary physician or an allergy specialist. Once it has been determined that you do, in fact, have allergies, the substances, or allergens, that are more prone to trigger a reaction will need to be identified. This usually involves a complete medical history with emphasis on what situations, if any, tend to trigger reactions more than others. This may help narrow down a pet allergy, a grass allergy, or another type of allergen. If the medical history isn’t sufficient to determine the specific allergens, a skin test will need to be performed. This test involves exposing small areas of the patients skin to specific allergens in order to determine when an adverse reaction occurs.
Treating Hay Fever
One of the most obvious was to treat hay fever and its symptoms is to simply avoid the allergens that trigger a reaction to begin with. While this may be easy to do for some pet allergies, exposure to pollen and mold are often uncontrollable, especially outside of the home. There are also numerous drugs, specifically antihistamines, on the market targeted towards hay fever, but they only work to ease the symptoms, not eliminate the condition itself. Antihistamines, while effective, may also cause other unwanted side effects that may be just as bad, if not worse, than the original hay fever symptoms they were designed to alleviate.
The Natural Alternative
There is, however, a safe and natural way to treat hay fever and other allergies. The product is called HayFever Fighter. It is an FDA-registered, non-addictive remedy that is designed to alleviate hay fever and allergy symptoms including itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. Since it contains only 100% homeopathic ingredients, it is free of preservatives and artificial colors and safe to use for all ages, even for women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is also safe to use for mothers who are breastfeeding. Results are immediate with continued improvement over several weeks with regular use. Best of all, unlike other hay fever and allergy medications, HayFever fighter will not produce any adverse side effects.