Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is a response to certain allergens associated with many unpleasant symptoms that include runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, watery eyes, coughing, scratchy throat, itchy skin, rash, and headache. Mold, dust mites, grass pollen, and animal dander often trigger hay fever; during its "high" season, pollen can be especially problematic for people with this condition. Fortunately, there are many treatments for hay fever.
Antihistamines are commonly used to treat hay fever. While effective, these medications do not stop the reaction, they simply block the pathogens from causing such extreme symptoms. Before embarking on a course of antihistamines, it is important to discuss this treatment with your doctor, especially if you are taking any other medications.
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