Allergic Rhinitis, commonly called hay fever, can cause any of a number of symptoms for those that suffer from it. We'll take a more detailed look here on what these symptoms are. Understanding the symptoms of your allergies can help you determine the best course of action in order to limit their severity and to help you find the best treatment options for your particular situation.


Sore throat - pharyngitis : One of the symptoms of hay fever is the existence of a sore or itchy throat. You may feel a raw, or even a scratchy sensation in the back of your throat as a result of allergic rhinitis. These feelings in your throat can make it harder for a person to swallow in mild to moderate cases and in severe circumstances, a person can have difficulty speaking or even breathing.

Fatigue & Depression : Fatigue can obviously be due to physical exertion, emotional stresses in our lives and also a lack of sleep. Some levels of fatigue are normal and are to be expected. These levels of fatigue should not be over analyzed, however, if they are due to other conditions, a person must become aware of the connection. If you struggle with getting proper sleep at night due to hay fever, you can quickly develop alarming levels of fatigue. The combination of other symptoms such as congestion or a runny nose may easily keep you up at night as well. In sum, they symptoms of hay fever can also lead to depression as a result of constantly being too tired to deal with normal challenges of daily life.

Diagram of Various Symptoms Hay Fever

Runny Nose & Nasal Congestion : Runny nose comes from the term rhinorrhea. "Rhis" meaning "nose", while the term "rhoia" refers to "flow". Rhinorrhea is a common symptom of hay fever which is due to a discharge from mucous membranes that line an individual’s nose. Nasal congestion can also be a symptom of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) which is caused by excessive mucous that can drip into the throat from the posterior aspect of the nasal passage. Whether you appear to have a runny nose, or you feel like you are just “blocked up” due to nasal congestion, the end result can be the same; breathing is a chore. The severity of nasal congestion may vary in an individual with allergic rhinitis, but nasal congestion or a runny nose occurs commonly with this condition.

Cough : For certain individuals with hay fever, a cough can be the main symptom. When you find a cough that is related to hay fever, other symptoms such as nasal congestion and a runny nose may not be “too far behind”. It is no secret that the nose and throat are connected so it only makes sense to find these symptoms together.

Watery or Itchy Eyes : Allergic Conjunctivitis can affect one or both of your eyes and cause symptoms including redness in the eyes. Essentially, when one looks at the anatomy of a person’s eye, there is a clear, thin membrane that covers the eyeball and the inside of an individuals eye lids under normal conditions. This is commonly referred to as conjunctiva. If the conjunctiva is irritated, this covering can become red and even swollen. Moreover, your eyes may itch, hurt or even become watery as a result of allergen caused conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis does not damage an individual’s eyesight in many cases, although it can be very irritating and uncomfortable to say the least. In extreme cases, the swelling may interfere with or even impare a person's eyesight until the allergic response subsides.

Other Symptoms : In addition, there are other symptoms of allergic rhinitis that people often experience. For example, Sneezing, which is almost always present, may often be prolonged and/or violent. Also, pressure in the ears and head may be a symptom of hay fever.

Non Symptoms : There are a number of other symptoms that are commonly thought to be a result of allergies, but in fact they are not. General aches and pains, for instance, are rarely a symptom of hay fever. Also, while many people have allergy induced asthma, general chest discomfort is not normally a symptom of allergic rhinits. And probably most ironically, a fever is never actually a symptom of hay fever, despite the name.

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