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Hay Fever

Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to one in five people at some point in their life.

Symptoms of hay fever

Symptoms of hay fever include:

  • sneezing
  • a runny nose
  • itchy eyes

You'll experience hay fever symptoms if you have an allergic reaction to pollen.

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. It contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead) to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

You can have an allergy to:

  • tree pollen, released during spring
  • grass pollen, released during the end of spring and beginning of summer
  • weed pollen, released late autumn