Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
10 Feb 2020
10:33 am

What you need to know about hay fever

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

If your hay fever isn’t too severe, over-the-counter medications may relieve symptoms.

Hay fever is no joke for sufferers when pollen levels are high. Picture: iStock

Hay fever causes cold-like symptoms, a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, headache and sinus pressure. It is not caused by a virus, but by an allergic response to allergens, such as pollen, dust mites or tiny flecks of skin and saliva shed by pets. It can affect your performance at work or school and interfere with your life. To manage, one has to learn to avoid triggers and find the right treatment. Lessen your exposure to the allergens or take medications before you’re exposed to allergens, as directed by your doctor. It may be difficult to tell whether you...