What causes hay fever?

Stacy K. Silvers, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Hay fever really isn’t a specific diagnosis. It’s what we usually refer to as allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are those classic allergy symptoms – stuffy nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes and sneezing.
Pollens usually cause seasonal allergies, sometimes called “hay fever.“

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Environmental Allergies

Environmental Allergies

With environmental allergies, reducing your exposure to whatever is irritating you is key. Some people are allergic to household cleaners such as laundry detergent, hence the many varieties of mild detergent. With common irritants ...

like mold and dust, a cleaning routine can help. Reduce mold by removing houseplants, using a dehumidifier, avoiding carpet in the bathroom and cleaning indoor trash cans and shower curtains with a mix of water and chlorine bleach. Reduce dust by replacing carpets with wood or linoleum, removing drapes and feather pillows, regularly vacuuming soft furniture and floors, and washing bedding weekly.

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