Hay fever symptoms

What is hay fever?

Hay fever is simply a type of airborne allergy and describes the body’s reaction to pollen from plants, grass and trees. When pollen comes into contact with the cells that line a person’s eyes, mouth, nose or throat, it can trigger an allergic reaction.

When does hay fever start?

Hay fever season is typically between March and September in the UK, but it can vary between individuals. Some people can be affected by pollen all year round.

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

The most familiar symptoms of hay fever and other airborne allergies are frequent sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, and irritable, red or watery eyes. These symptoms can range from mildly irritating to almost debilitating for some people. In this blog, we will consider the causes of hay fever, explain how it affects the eyes, and suggest ways to avoid and treat the symptoms of it.