Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Hay fever is cold-like symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and sinus pressure that is caused by an allergic reaction to an outdoor or indoor allergen. Seasonal or outdoor triggers for hay fever can include tree pollen, grass pollen, ragweed, fungi and molds. Year-round hay fever can be triggered by dust mites, pet dander and mold spores.

Common Symptoms of Hay Fever

  • runny nose
  • itchy/watery eyes
  • sneezing
  • cough
  • sinus pressure
  • allergic shiners

Common Causes of Hay Fever

Below are some of the common causes of hay fever.

  • tree, grass, ragweed pollen
  • mold and fungi
  • dust mites
  • pet dander

Diagnosis and Treatment

An allergist or healthcare provider can diagnose hay fever and provide the best form of treatment. Below are some of the common procedures used to diagnosis hay fever:

  • physical exam
  • skin prick test
  • lung function test/spirometry
  • allergy blood test (RAST)

Doctors may suggest treating hay fever with corticosteroids, antihistamines, decongestants and/or immunotherapy.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for treatment of hay fever/allergic rhinitis or have any questions about allergies, call 1-800-778-9923 or visit the Allergy & Asthma Center location near you.