Can Hay Fever Cause A Sore Throat? The Most Common Symptoms From Headaches To Runny Noses And Swollen Eyes

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AROUND 13 million people in the UK are affected by hay fever, and while the allergic reaction doesn’t pose a serious threat to health, symptoms can be annoying to deal with.

But can hay fever cause a sore throat, and can you treat it?

Getty – Contributor A reaction can usually happen within minutes of someone being exposed to an allergen

Can hay fever cause a sore throat?

A reaction can usually happen within minutes of someone being exposed to an allergen.

You should keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but avoid hot drinks as this may aggravate the symptoms.

Treatment can include taking antihistamines to prevent an allergic reaction, or corticosteroids (steroids) to help reduce swelling and inflammation.

You can usually get over-the-counter medication from your pharmacist, but if symptoms are persistent, it could be worth speaking to your GP for a prescription.

Getty – Contributor A reaction can usually happen within minutes of someone being exposed to an allergen

What are other hay fever symptoms?

A reaction can usually happen within minutes of someone being exposed to an allergen.

Symptoms include:

Sneezing A runny or blocked nose Red, itchy or watery eyes Wheezing and coughing Headaches A red, itchy rash Worsening of asthma or eczema symptoms

Most reactions are mild but sometimes a severe reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can occur.

This is a medical emergency and needs urgent treatment.

Alamy Around 13 million people in the UK are affected by hay fever

What causes hay fever?

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen, which is a powder released by plants that can cause eyes, sinuses, throat and nose to become irritated and swollen.

You may have an allergy to one or more of the following:

Grass pollen – which is typically released during the end of spring and start of summer Tree pollen – released during spring Weed pollen – released late autumn

People who grow up on farms are less likely to suffer allergies in later life, a study last year suggested.




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