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Surviving Allergy Season

By Emily Gurnon
5/9/2013 10:00:40 AM

More than 23 million American adults and children suffer each year from seasonal rhinitis, or hay fever. For some, it is an annoyance. For others, it can feel like a plague that interferes with your ability to work and enjoy everyday activities. It can contribute to sinus infections, asthma and trouble sleeping.

But there are steps you can take to help keep hay fever symptoms at bay.

What causes seasonal allergic rhinitis?

Hay fever is triggered by tiny pollen particles that travel through the air at certain times of the year. The pollen fertilizes plants and tree flowers. It also lands in our mouths, noses and eyes. In people who are sensitive to it, the pollen causes the immune system to release histamine which in turn sets off the unpleasant symptoms. Despite its name, hay fever has nothing to do with hay, and it doesn't cause a fever.

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