Dr. Steven Ruderman: Hay fever afflicts 25.5 million people a year
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 19.9 million U.S. adults and 5.6 million youths may have what is commonly called hay fever.
A seasonal affliction, hay fever, or what doctors call a type of allergic rhinitis, is triggered by pollen from trees, grasses and weeds.
Good Morning San Diego medical expert Dr. Steven Ruderman discussed the symptoms and treatments for hay fever.
People usually suffer most on hot, dry, windy days. Allergy symptoms develop when your immune system reacts to the pollen as if it were a risky intruder. To defend against the pollen, the immune system releases histamine and other chemicals into your body, and this is what leads to the eye, nose and throat problems.
Possible treatment (besides staying indoors, windows closed) when pollen is on the fly includes taking antihistamines or decongestants, using nasal sprays or getting allergy shots, which can help your body build up resistance to the pollen.