What is hay fever?
Hay fever is a common allergic condition. Symptoms include;
- Itchy eyes
- A runny nose
These symptoms are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the eyes, nose, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.
The pollen count season is normally March to August, however it can start as early as January and end as late as November.
The pollen season separates into 3 main sections;
- Tree pollen