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Hay Fever and Trees

(NC)-Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. In fact, pollen from trees such as elder, elm, hazel and especially birch cause what we call 'spring hay fever'. Pollen that causes hay fever can vary from person to person and from region to region but unfortunately, hay fever seems to be with us for most of the year.

Grass pollen and flowers are responsible for summer hay fever, while ragweed and other late-blooming plants set off late summer and early autumn hay fever. Some people may even experience symptoms year round called perennial allergic rhinitis. It is caused by household dust, mould fungus and pet dander.

Happily for most people there are a number of medications that you can speak to your pharmacist or doctor about. Nasal congestion is what most people with allergic rhinitis complain about. In fact, this is the most bothersome symptom for up to 90 per cent of allergy sufferers. Often antihistamines are combined with decongestants to treat both nasal and non-nasal symptoms of allergies. Pseudoephedrine, the most commonly used decongestant, is associated with insomnia and is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or glaucoma.

A newer type of antihistamine, called Aerius, is now available in Canada without a prescription to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis including nasal congestion. Aerius does not make you feel drowsy and it does not contain pseudoephedrine. Speak to your pharmacist or physician about your allergies and find what medication can best help your allergy symptoms.

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