Hay Fever Symptoms

Hay Fever Symptoms

Do I have hay fever? 

Hay fever (or Allergic Rhinitis) is a common condition, but may be hard to recognise.  Frequent symptoms of hayfever include sneezing, runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes.  Some people may only have one of these, or a combination. Other symptoms of hay fever may include, itchy nose, itchy throat, chronic cough, blocked nose, snoring, tiredness, loss of smell/taste and frequent colds.

Severe hay fever symptoms may include shortness of breath/asthma symptoms.

Despite the name, fever is not a symptom.

When do people get hay fever?

Symptoms often occur during spring and summer - this is called seasonal allergic rhinitis.   However, some people’s symptoms last all year round - this is called perennial allergic rhinitis.

What causes hay fever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to particles (allergens) in the air. Common allergens include:

  • Pollens - grass, tree.
  • House dust mite
  • Pets - cat, dog, horse

Is there a cure for hay fever?

Immunotherapy offers a cure for many people, and can significantly reduce symptoms, and the need for medication.   

Is immunotherapy right for me?

In appropriate people, immunotherapy can relieve symptoms, help with other conditions (such as asthma) and can save money on over the counter medications. Our allergy specialists can help you choose the best way to treat your symptoms.  Read more about Immunotherapy (or desensitisation) here.


What other hay fever treatments are available?

Your allergy specialist may recommend a number of other treatments including: 

  • Antihistamine tablets & eye drops.
  • Nasal sprays & rinses.
  • Environmental measures.
  • Asthma puffers.