What Does Hay Fever Feel Like?

What are hay fever symptoms?

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a common cold.

Some common symptoms include sneezing, congestion, coughing, sinus pressure, itchy watery eyes, and itchy nose, mouth, and throat, and fatigue.

How do you know if you have hay fever or just a cold?

Both hay fever and the common cold causes sneezing, runny or stuffy nose and coughing. One of the key differences is the colour of the nasal discharge (your snot): it’s more likely to be yellowish/green in colour in colds; while in hay fever, it’s clear.

How long do hayfever symptoms last?

Hay fever lasts for as long as you are exposed to the allergens, typically several weeks. Colds usually last just three to seven days. Hay fever produces a runny nose with a thin, watery discharge.

Can hay fever kill you?

It tends to be this wind-borne pollen that causes problems for people with allergies. “Hay fever won’t kill, but it can cause a severe deterioration in many people’s well-being”, South Dublin GP, Paul Carson explains.

What does an allergy cough sound like?

Sounds like: Either a dry or wet cough. Sometimes this cough is worse at night. Additionally, a tickly feeling at the back of your throat can be a symptom of postnasal drip. If it’s due to allergies you may also have itchy eyes and sneezing.

How do doctors test for hay fever?

Blood test

A sample of blood will be taken from a vein in your arm and tested for the presence of the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody. If you have hay fever, your body produces this antibody when it comes into contact with pollen. If your blood tests positive for IgE, this may confirm that you have hay fever.

Does hay fever make you tired?

Yes, allergies can make you feel tired. Most people with a stuffy nose and head caused by allergies will have some trouble sleeping. But allergic reactions can also release chemicals that cause you to feel tired. A lack of sleep and constant nasal congestion can give you a hazy, tired feeling.

Does hayfever get worse at night?

While allergic rhinitis can occur at any time of day, symptoms may appear to be worse at night as it is mainly triggered by dust mites and mould spores contained within curtains, carpets, bedding and mattresses. Wheezing or tightened chest at night.

How bad can hay fever get?

Even though hay fever doesn’t pose a serious threat to health, it can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life. People with very severe hay fever often find that it can disrupt their productivity at school or work. Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) is another common complication of hay fever.

Does rain help hay fever?

Some hay fever sufferers pray for rain in the hope that the damp conditions will stop pollen from spreading through the air and into their eyes and noses. Light-to-moderate rainfall does help, but heavy rain can have the opposite effect.

Is there pollen at night?

Pollen counts tend to be higher in early morning and late evening, although they can sometimes be high all day long. Pollen rises in the air during the day and then descends at night, as the air cools.

Is hay fever caused by hay?

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a common condition with symptoms similar to those of a cold. There may be sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and sinus pressure. It is caused by an allergic response to airborne substances, such as pollen. Hay is hardly ever an allergen, and fever is not a symptom.