If you have eczema, then it is likely that you can also get a case of hay fever as well. This is especially if your eczema is atopic dermatitis, caused by one or a few allergens. Allergens may be anything from food, pollen, dust mites, perfume or drugs. In the United States, approximately forty-five million American citizens suffer from one allergy or another. The three most popular symptoms of an allergic reaction are asthma, eczema and hay fever.
Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis. Its name hay fever came about because many people who worked with hay in farms several years ago, often found themselves developing respiratory symptoms such as sneezing as well as sinus and nasal congestion.
Your risk to hay fever rises due to how your body views allergens that get into your body. Allergens are considered as foreign invaders, triggering a chain of events that ultimately results in an inflammatory response. When allergens enter your body, antibodies are sent to protect the body from this intruder. A fight ensues between antibodies and allergens. Your body then brings on the release of histamine, which floods your bloodstream, to ward off the attackers. It is the histamine that sets off the inflammatory response and the outbreak of your allergy symptoms.
If you develop hay fever, you can suffer from itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, drainage, nasal stuffiness, and in some cases headaches. Other symptoms can also include sore throats, problems with their hearing, coughing problems and hoarseness. There have also been people who complain of less common symptoms such as problems with balance, irritation of the skin’s surface, inflammation that erupts in the face or tissues of the throat and sometimes respiratory problems. Hay fever can sometimes bring about asthma.
Hay fever is triggered by pollens in the air. In the United States the most common pollen to start hay fevers is the ragweed. Pollination season of ragweed starts in late summer (late August) and ends when winter appears. The pollens that come from the grass in the latter half of the spring season include orchard, Bermuda, red top, Johnson, timothy, a variety of bluegrasses and sweet vernal. The pollen that shows up in the early start of spring comes from a multitude of trees. These tree pollens include cypress, elm, hickory, alder, ash, beech, birch, cottonwood, maple, oak, pecan, poplar, sycamore and walnut.
Mold is another common allergen that can cause serious threats to hay fever and eczema sufferers. Mold spores are believed to be the cause of just as many allergic reactions as are pollens. These allergens affect sufferers more adversely in the colder months due to indoor heating and the fact that fresh air is not as plentiful.
It is important to obtain an understanding of how your body reacts to the different allergens. Preventing and avoiding your allergens is part of the solution in ensuring that you do not have an allergic symptom flare up that becomes hard to control.