HAY FEVER affects around one in five people during their lifetime and often can cause itchy eyes and constant sneezing.
The condition can also cause the skin to be affected and red, blotchy patches to occur. Here’s the lowdown…
Getty – Contributor Pollen can cause hay fever sufferers to develop rashes on the skin, which can look red and raised in mild cases
Can hay fever cause itchy skin?
While may people suffer from sneezing and blocked noses during hay fever season, it can be brutal for those who have sensitive skin.
If you are prone to hay fever, you may find that irritable and itchy skin is part of the package.
Often rashes can be caused by allergens (such as pollen) coming into direct contact with the skin, but they can be the consequence of a number of allergic reaction besides pollen.
It is important to understand where a skin rash comes from, in order to treat it properly.
Getty – Contributor If you suffer from hay fever, you may find that irritable and itchy skin is part of the package
What are other hay fever symptoms?
A reaction can usually happen within minutes of someone being exposed to an allergen.
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.
Getty – Contributor Treatment for hay fever can include taking antihistamines to prevent an allergic reaction
What is pollen rash?
Pollen can cause hay fever sufferers to develop rashes on the skin, which can look red and raised in mild cases, or blisters and cracked skin in more severe incidences.
Those who suffer dermatitis rashes may experience allergic reactions throughout spring and summer.
They can cause great discomfort to those who experience them, and if they do not respond to over-the-counter medicine you should seek further help.