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Hay Fever


Hay fever is not really a fever, and an allergic reaction, accompanied by bouts of sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. Its medical name for allergic rhinitis, a disease that is triggered by allergens such as dust, pollen and cigarette smoke and is manifested in inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose.

Allergy to pollen seasons. Aggravation usually occurs in the summer, especially in the hot and windy days when pollen floating in the air. On the other hand, if the allergen is ordinary dust or animal hair, the disease is less severe, but throughout the year.

Allergic rhinitis often appears with vasomotor rhinitis, when the nose is very sensitive to irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollutants other agents, changes in temperature and humidity, certain foods, medications and emotional stress. Also increase the risk of allergic rhinitis, other allergic diseases such as asthma and atopic dermatitis.

Hay fever usually develops before the age of 30 years and mainly affects women than men.

The causes of rhinitis

The cause of the allergic rhinitis is usually pollen, fungi, hair, pet dander, dust. These substances are harmless to most people, but if inhaled allergies they cause exaggerated immune response. This starts a cascade of biochemical reactions, which results in a massive release into the blood histamine and other chemicals that cause inflammation and mucus in the nasal passages and sinuses.

The symptoms of hay fever (allergic rhinitis)

The first symptoms of irritation, itching in the nose, the throat, the sky, the inflammation and redness of the eyes.
Next, runny nose, sneezing, shortness of breath, his eyes begin to tear. In some cases, you may develop conjunctivitis.

What you can do?

Do not open the windows and doors in the house or office. Ventilate the room after the rain, at night and when there is no wind (when the concentration of pollen in the air is reduced.) At an open window or door can be hung well moistened sheet or several layers of cheesecloth. The highest concentration of pollen in the air is observed early in the morning and in the dry hot days, so in this period of time is not particularly encouraged to go out. After coming back from the street should be changed clothes. Cover windows in the car while traveling.
Take a shower at least twice a day. Do not dry after washing things on the street (or on the balcony), as pollen is deposited on them.

Every day is wet cleaning of the apartment, it is recommended the use of air purifiers and humidifiers, the use of the air conditioner filters at the output.
Carefully take the drugs prescribed by the doctor, and keep a diary of their condition, it will help your doctor to prevent Allergy in the future.

What can your doctor?

In the pharmacotherapy of hay fever using 5 main groups of drugs: antihistamines, corticosteroids, Stabilizers fat cell membranes, vasoconstrictor drugs, anticholinergic drugs. When taken antihistamines are significantly reduced in patients with allergic rhinitis symptoms such as itchy nose, sneezing, nasal discharge. Effective these drugs and the concomitant allergic conjunctivitis.

To the basic therapies also relates allergen-specific immunotherapy, which can increase the duration of remission (absence of symptoms) to a few years, to reduce the need for medication for the season allergen exposure, prevents migration of allergic rhinitis asthma. Conducting this type of therapy is indicated in patients suffering from hay fever, with a defined allergen.