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What are symptoms of pollen allergy?

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If you have a pollen allergy and go outside on a day when it’s flying around, your body will react as if it’s being invaded. Your immune system will make a lot of something called histamine to fight back. When this happens, you can have symptoms like:

  • Itchy throat
  • Red, itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing or coughing

From: Pollen Allergies Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation’s KidsHealth: "Seasonal allergies (hay fever)."

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics: "Allergies and hay fever."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Outdoor allergens."

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Pollen allergy."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen allergy."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Pollen allergy."

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: "Antihistamines, decongestants and cold remedies."

Mayo Clinic:  ”Hay fever.”

CDC: “Safe Ritual Nasal Rinsing.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation’s KidsHealth: "Seasonal allergies (hay fever)."

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics: "Allergies and hay fever."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Outdoor allergens."

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Pollen allergy."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen allergy."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Pollen allergy."

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: "Antihistamines, decongestants and cold remedies."

Mayo Clinic:  ”Hay fever.”

CDC: “Safe Ritual Nasal Rinsing.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

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