Boston , MA — Many of us welcome the warm weather as a chance to get out-doors after winter's confinement. But for people with hay fever, outside can be the worst place to be in the spring. The April issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch reports why certain people get allergies, what you can do to prevent allergic reactions, and what medications you can take to treat them.
Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is an immune response provoked by airborne sub-stances, mostly plant pollens and mold spores. The symptoms — sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, stuffy sinuses, and tickling throats — aren't life-threatening, but they can make you miserable. The Harvard Women's Health Watch reports that the most effective medications for hay fever are anti-inflammatory nasal sprays, also called nasal corticosteroids.
Allergic rhinitis isn't just a seasonal prob-lem. Perennial allergic rhinitis, which occurs year-round, is triggered by common household allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, and mold.
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