Around spring time you may find yourself increasingly struggling with irritated eyes or a runny nose. Pollen or dust can enter the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth, resulting in allergies that inflame the membranes and can cause many unpleasant symptoms. Hay fever is very common and may require medication or treatment to ease symptoms. Some of the symptoms of hay fever are similar to that of a common cold, so here are 5 clear signs that you are indeed suffering from hay fever.
Runny nose. A thin clear discharge may begin to leak from the nostrils. This can be either scant or profuse, depending on the level of exposure to an allergen. One clear difference of a runny nose caused by the common cold is that a cold will typically make mucus thicker, opaque and slightly yellow or green. Allergy-related nasal discharge will often be transparent, although when you blow your nose you may see traces of blood or thick mucus due to inflammation of the membranes. You may also develop a post-nasal drip, which continuously feels like a leaky faucet in the back of your throat, leading to sniffling or constant dripping from the nose. This can also be accompanied by congestion, loss of smell, and mouth breathing due to swelling within the nasal cavities.