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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
Hay fever symptoms vary in severity and your symptoms may be worse some years than others, depending on the pollen count.
Causes of hay fever
Hay fever is caused by pollen. When pollen comes into contact with the lining of your mouth, nose, eyes and throat, they trigger an allergic reaction.
Diagnosing hay fever
Your GP should be able to diagnose hay fever from a description of your symptoms. In some cases, you may be referred for allergy testing.
Treating hay fever
Treatments for hay fever include antihistamines, corticosteroids and decongestants.
Complications of hay fever
Hay fever can have a considerable negative impact on work, home and social life.
Preventing hay fever
To treat hay fever you can take steps to limit your exposure to pollen or spores.
Lisa's story
Lisa Miles, 36 from Kent, tried several different treatments before she found the right one for her. She tells how she relieves her hay fever symptoms.