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Hay Fever, Allergy and Asthma
Hay fever is a chronic condition characterized by sneezing,
nasal congestion, runny and itching nose, palate, ears and
eyes. If you recognize any of these symptoms chances are,
you or some member of your family has experienced hay fever
at one time or another.
Doctors call it allergic rhinitis. Most people know it as
hay fever and if you've got it - - as 22 million Americans
do - - you're likely to be plagued during the spring and fall
seasons by such annoying symptoms as sneezing, congestion,
runny nose, itchy throat and red, watery eyes. Allergy has
different names. Allergy reactions occurring in the nose and
sinus are called "sinus" or "hay fever"
or "allergic rhinitis." And when allergy reactions
occur in the chest we call it "asthma." Allergy
reactions in the skin are named "hives" or "angioedema."
So you see, allergy has different names depending upon where
in your body it occurs.
One out of every six Americans suffers from an allergic
condition. Allergy is an inherited trait, a genetic susceptibility
towards the production of certain allergy anti-bodies. Hay
fever is basically an allergic reaction to pollens from trees,
weed and grasses. Unlike garden flower pollen, which is carried
by insects, the dry lightweight pollens which cause allergic
rhinitis are generally spread by wind currents which make
them difficult to avoid. In fact, samples of ragweed pollen
have been found 400 miles at sea! While most people suffer
mild discomfort with hay fever, it is estimated that more
than 40 percent of the 5.8 million children who have respiratory
allergies miss some school, stay in bed or feel upset by the
Additionally, complications from allergic rhinitis can be
serious. The same allergens that cause hay fever can reach
the lungs causing asthma and other complications. Sinusitis
(inflammation of the sinus cavities) and nasal polyps (small
outgrowths of the mucous membrane of the nose) may develop.
Secondary infections of the ear, larynx and bronchial tubes
may occur. Also, prolonged year-round nasal stuffiness and
mouth breathing may lead to facial bone growth changes in
Surprisingly, many parents realize that their children have
asthma before their physicians do. An accurate diagnosis,
however, is most important in helping to determine an appropriate
individualized treatment program. Physicians specializing
in allergy/immunology have special skills in the area of asthma
management. The allergy and asthma specialist will detect
and determine those environmental elements (pollens, molds,
dust mites, animal danders, workplace chemicals) which may
be the cause of a patient's asthmatic condition. A careful
medical history, physical examination, selective allergy skill
testing and lung function studies are typically performed.
Occasionally, blood tests, home and workplace evaluations,
and x-rays of the sinuses and lungs are required.
Unlike hay fever, asthma is a more complex disease involving
a reversible constriction of the muscles lining the human
airways,. It is more often associated with allergy immune
cells and can get progressively worse reaching life-threatening
stages if not properly controlled. It can be treated more
effectively when it is diagnosed early.
The best therapy of all, however, is avoidance of those
things which produce asthma symptoms. This includes allergens,
such as house dust mites, pets and irritants, such as tobacco
smoke and chemical fumes.