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What is hay fever?

Hay fever is a pollen allergy

The medical term for hay fever is pollinosis and is one of the most common allergies. People who have hay fever are hypersensitive to pollen (pollen granules) and get inflammation of the mucous membranes, which mainly takes place in the nose. The name is a bit weird, because it has nothing to do with hay and/or fever. It involves pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. The Willow and Hazel give problems in February-March, the birch in April-May and weeds from April to September. For grasses money usually the period from mid May to mid September. Symptoms are watery eyes, sneezing, itchy eyes and palate. Some people are also suffering from headaches and coughs. The mucous membranes in the nose can swell causing a runny nose to emerge. There are tests available (drugstore and GP) that can indicate for which pollen you are allergic. Intensity and reaction are different per person, but the weather also has an influence: in warm and dry weather, the pollen is easier to breathe through the air, which causes more people to suffer.

Children do not suffer from hay fever so often, but they usually start the phenomena for the 25th year of life. Hay fever cannot be cured, but there are possibilities to fight the symptoms. Often, antihistamines are prescribed, which causes the itching and swelling to occur. In severe reactions, anti-inflammatory medications can be prescribed (so-called corticosteroids ¯ den). However, this may have adverse side effects, so only limited use should be made.

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