Hay fever

Hay fever, medically known as allergic rhinitis, is an allergy caused by pollen and affects the mucous membranes of the eyes and sinuses, causing nasal congestion, sneezing, red, itchy eyes and other symptoms. Learn more about hay fever treatment, symptoms and strategies for prevention here.

Treating hay fever

In most cases medical treatment for hay fever is unavoidable. There are four main groups of treatments.

Pollen allergy

Researchers estimate that pollen from flowering plants and grasses causes seasonal allergies in 35 million Americans.

Causes of hay fever

Hay fever is mostly caused by the pollens of grass, trees and a few weed species.

Hay fever wheeze and sneeze

Whenever there's a profusion of flowering trees, grasses and even weeds, it means sneezes, runny noses and itchy eyes for many of us suffering from hay fever.

Hay Fever - natural approach

Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is an inflammation and hypersensitivity of the mucous membranes in the upper respiratory airways.

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Dr Morris is the Principal Allergist at the Cape Town and Johannesburg Allergy Clinics with postgraduate diplomas in Allergology, Dermatology, Paediatrics and Family Medicine dealing with both adult and childhood allergies.

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