Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Generally, allergies are more common in children. However, a first-time occurrence can happen at any age, or recur after many years of remission.
Like other allergy symptoms, hay fever's leaky eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and burning palate mean your immune system is overreacting to an otherwise harmless substance you've inhaled, swallowed or touched.
Seasonal allergies and colds have similar symptoms but some important differences. The following information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases can help you determine if you're suffering from allergies or a cold.
Pollen is the tiny egg-shaped male cells of flowering plants, including trees, grasses, and weeds. Pollen is microscopic in size, and it is the most common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis, sometimes known as "hay fever."
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