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Health Tip: Facts About Hay Fever

And how to minimize symptoms

(HealthDay News) -- Hay fever is the medical term for a pollen allergy, and may also be called seasonal allergic rhinitis or pollinosis.

Here are other facts about hay fever, including suggestions to reduce symptoms, courtesy of the American Lung Association:

  • Symptoms often include congestion, red and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes and ears.
  • Many people who have hay fever develop asthma.
  • Hay fever is more common during certain times of the year in different regions, depending on seasonal pollen counts in those areas.
  • Symptoms may be reduced by limiting exposure to the outdoors. Use air conditioning and air-purifying devices, stay inside, and wear a dust mask if you have to be outside.
  • Antihistamines and decongestant medications can help control symptoms.
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