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What are seasonal allergies and hay fever?
Signs and symptoms can include: a clear nasal discharge, an itchy nose with sneezing and sniffing itchy, watery, pink eyes (eye allergies), and sometimes, sinus or ear congestion. 

Hay fever is the most common allergy. More than 15% of people have it. Although pollen is usually the cause of hay fever, similar symptoms can also be caused by pets, farm animals, molds or something else. During April and May the most common pollen causing hay fever is from trees. In June and July, the pollen is usually from grass. From August until the first frost, the leading cause of hay fever is ragweed pollen.

This is a chronic condition that will come back every year during pollen season, perhaps for a lifetime. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage it.

Ask your doctor which one may be best for you. 

Oral Antihistamine is the best medication for hay fever. It will relieve nose and eye symptoms. 

Nasal Sprays for prevention.  If the antihistamine does not work, severe hay fever can usually be controlled by prescription steroid nasal sprays.

Allergy Shots are occasionally needed.

Nasal Washes.  Use warm water or saline nose drops to wash pollen or other allergic substances out of the nose. Instill 2 or 3 drops in each nostril, followed by blowing the nose. Repeat until open.
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Revised:  April 13, 2015