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Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose, sneezing and itchy eyes.
Hay fever usually occurs in spring and summer, when there is more pollen in the air. Trees, plants and grass release pollen as part of their reproductive process.
People with hay fever can experience their symptoms at different times of the year, depending on which pollen or spores they are allergic to.
Hay fever cannot be cured completely, but there are a number of treatments available to relieve the symptoms. These include antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops. Some can only be prescribed by a GP, but many are available over-the-counter in pharmacies.
Some helpful tips to reduce the symptoms of hay fever: