Hay Fever

Hay Fever is an irritating type of illness that has affected so many people worldwide already. More than a Billion Dollars has already been allocated for the study and the search for cure for this illness. This is common among children, but this may occur to anybody of any age. This usually happens when the person has inhaled enough allergic substance for a long time already. The numbers of people affected by this fever is growing rapidly.

Allergic Rhinitis

The term “hay fever” is just a nickname coined to this illness. The true term for this illness is “Allergic Rhinitis.” this illness is when a person keeps on sneezing, has nasal congestion, and has eye irritation. The word “rhinitis” means the irritation of the nose. The root word for “Rhinitis” is “Rhino,” and “Rhino” means nose. There are other people who only experience allergic rhinitis during a certain season. This type of illness is called seasonal allergic rhinitis. There are also other people who experience allergic rhinitis for the entire year. This type of illness, on the other hand, is called perennial allergic rhinitis. When there is an inflammation of the nasal cavities, this illness is called rhinosinusitis. Both these conditions usually occur together, which is why this term is named after these illnesses.

Symptoms

There are certain symptoms that the hay fever of the allergic rhinitis has, and it is important to know them so that you can determine whether you have this condition or not. Some of the symptoms includes eye itching, nose itching, sneezing, a clear and runny nose and nasal congestion. Other sysmptoms may also include the excess tear production, postnasal dripping, cough, losing the sense of smell, losing the sense of taste, nose bleeding, eye redness and many more. Most of these symptoms may come together. Allergic conjunctivitis is the term used for the symptoms that occurs on the eyes. These symptoms are not only irritating, they actually affect the daily lives of the people with this condition in a negative way. This may also affect the overall health of the person with this condition.

Causes

The allergic rhinitis or the hay fever happens when the immune system takes in a harmless substance and mistakes it as a threat. Because you immune system thinks it is a threat, your body will produce immunoglobuline E, which is an antibody that will attack possible threats to the body. After that, the immunoglobuline E will release a chemical histamine. This chemical histamine will lead to allergic rhinitis or hay fever. This condition may unfortunately lead to asthma or sinusitis if not treated properly. People with this condition will certainly have difficulty with their social life and their physical activities.