Rhinitis is a condition that affects as many as 60 million people in the U.S. One of the most common causes of rhinitis is hay fever, an allergic reaction to airborne plant pollen (among other causes, including pet dander, mold, dust mites, etc.). The symptoms of hay fever typically occur during the warmer months of the year, when pollens from trees, grasses, and other plants are heavy in the air. The most common symptoms include a stuffy or runny nose, itchy eyes or mouth, sneezing, and tiredness due to an inability to sleep because of the other symptoms.
Following these guidelines can help prevent hay fever and other allergic reactions from pollen:
- 1 Close your windows during peak pollen season and keep the air conditioner running.
- 2 Spring cleaning (and cleaning at other times of the year) can help prevent rhinitis.
- 3 Glasses and sunglasses can help keep pollen from reaching your eyes.
- 4 Antihistamines come in various forms (pill, eye drops, nasal spray) to treat the symptoms most affecting you.
- 5 Allergy shots may be available for severe forms of hay fever.
- Understand the causes of rhinitis and hay fever.
- Keep home and workplaces clean from pollen and other potential allergens.
- Investigate the possibility of allergy shots if symptoms become severe.