More Information About Hay Fever

Symptoms of Hay Fever

Common hay fever symptoms can include:
  • Sneezing
  • Running or stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Red, swollen eyes.
(Click Allergy Symptoms for more information on the symptoms of hay fever.)

Tests for Hay Fever

There are several tests your doctor can recommend if he or she suspects hay fever:
  • Skin tests
  • Blood tests.
Both tests look for certain disease-fighting cells (called antibodies). Your body makes these cells to match whatever it is fighting, and this tells doctors what you are allergic to.
Skin Tests
Your doctor may also use a needle to put a small amount of allergen into your skin. After a few minutes, the reaction tells your doctor if you have allergies.
Blood Tests
Your doctor may use a blood test to look for a protein in your blood called IgE. This protein is made by people with allergies and hay fever. It also helps fight certain types of infection.

Treatment Options

Your doctor can help you decide what to do for your hay fever. Some hay fever treatment options can include:
  • Avoiding the things that cause your symptoms
  • Using medicines
  • Getting allergy shots.
Allergy shots contain small amounts of what you are allergic to. At first, shots may be given every week to lessen your symptoms. The shots are usually continued for three to five years.
(Click Allergy Treatment for more information on treatments for hay fever.)
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