Hay fever is probably one the most common allergies. Basically, hay fever is an allergy of the nose and eyes. It is commonly associated with airborne pollens. However, it is also aggravated by numerous causes, such as house dust, feathers, house dust mite, chemical fumes, odors, molds, and animal dander. The time of the year that your hay fever starts may even identify the cause. If you suffer in the spring and fall, it may be pollens, but if it starts in the winter when the air in the house is confined, it could be house dust. Symptoms of hay fever and nasal allergies may be recurrent colds, runny nose accompanied by nasal discharge, a lot of sneezing, itching and watering of eyes, itching of the roof of the mouth, and at times, may be associated with wheezing, difficulty in breathing, and cough. Suffers with winter-type nasal allergies may show little or no discharge, but may have postnasal drainage and tend to repeatedly clear their throat, sneeze, sniff, or experience an itchy nose. In contrast, the symptoms may be the opposite and appear as a stuffy or blocked nose.
Very often, people may get temporarily relief from over-the-counter medicines or nose sprays. However, these may aggravate the problem, and allergy-sufferers have been known to become hooked on nasal sprays. The best way to treat hay fever and nasal allergies is to find the cause, and either avoid the cause or find a physician knowledgeable enough to treat such nasal allergies.
Dr. Sultan has helped thousands of people with hay fever, pollen and mold allergies.