Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
6 Sep 2021
9:00 am

Itchy eyes? Sneezing? Here’s how to deal with hay fever

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

If you have hay fever, the best thing to do is to lessen your exposure to the allergens that cause your symptoms.

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Hay fever is an illness that causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, and headache and sinus pressure. But unlike a cold, hay fever is not caused by a virus. If you have hay fever, the best thing to do is to lessen your exposure to the allergens that cause your symptoms. Take allergy medication before you’re exposed to allergens, as directed by your doctor. Signs and symptoms Runny nose and nasal congestionWatery, itchy, red eyesSneezing and coughingItchy nose, roof of mouth or throatSwollen, blue-coloured skin under the eyesPostnasal dripFatigue Triggers Tree pollen,...