What Is hay fever?
Hay fever is seasonal allergic rhinitis, specifically it is an allergic reaction to pollen.
Hay fever occurs when pollen comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes or throat, causing cold-like symptoms. These symptoms of allergic rhinitis can include, but are not limited to, sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose.
What are the causes of hay fever?
Hay fever is the result of an allergic reaction to pollen. Pollen is a fine powder that comes from plants. Different types of pollen are released throughout the course of the year, affecting sufferers in various ways.
When these tiny particles come into make contact with the cells that line your mouth, nose, eyes and throat, they irritate them and trigger an allergic reaction.