Hay fever is is a condition that affects 40 to 60 million Americans. Hayfever is an allergic reaction caused by pollen or
dust being infected, resulting in a running nose and
watery eyes.
Hayfever is also known as “allergic rhinitis“. Tiny particles are
found on plants and pollen can swell your eyes, nose, and throat. It
can cause an allergic reaction as a result.



A seasonal allergic reaction usually occurs due to the
overreaction of the body to the pollen. The
immune system releases such chemicals that prevent the
spreading of what the body
mistakenly thinks is an infection due to this allergic reaction.
Different types of pollen can cause hayfever and usually, its season starts
from late March to September. According to the more delightful months
of the year, tree pollen starts from late March to mid-May.
Grass pollen starts from mid-May to July and the third type of weed
pollen usually appears from the end of June to September. Normally people get an allergic reaction from
grass pollen.

How Hayfever Can Affect your Eyes?

Hayfever can cause different types of discomfort. You may suffer
from only common or mild symptoms such as irritation,
swelling, redness, watery eyes, and a running nose.
Your eyes may become itchy by the irritation from the pollen
landing on the eyes or close
to the eyes. Similarly, when a piece of dust enters your eyes, your eyes
become itchy. Your eyelids become red as an
inflammatory response that is designed to fight against the
irritation that has entered in eyes.
Water eyes are very common as a result of hayfever reactions. It is a
natural process of the body, trying to flush out the irritant by
producing excess tears. It can lead to the blurry vision that will
pass easily.
Hayfever can make your eyes puffy or swollen. The inflammation brings
more fluid into the affected tissue areas. Your eyes may swell more
longer against these symptoms until blood vessels reduce the standard
Conjunctiva is the thin or clear layer that covers the front area of
the eyes and the inner area of the eyes. But pollen can set off a
reaction that affects the conjunctiva of the eyes. The conjunctiva
can become inflamed and your eyes can feel discomfort.
Hayfever has no severe symptoms but it may disturb your vision. But the
symptoms are often temporary and in only rare cases, they will be

Types of Hayfever

Allergic rhinitis is divided into two types
  1. Seasonal rhinitis
  2. Perennial rhinitis

Seasonal Rhinitis

Seasonal rhinitis usually occurs in spring, summer, and early fall. They
are usually caused by pollens from trees, grass, and seeds.

Perennial Rhinitis

Perennial rhinitis may occur year-round. They are usually caused by dust
mites, pet hairs, or mold. Perennial rhinitis symptoms are hidden
triggers of underlying food allergies.
Some people may suffer both types of allergic rhinitis. There are also
nano-allergic symptoms caused by cigarettes, smoke, perfumes, or
cleaning products.


  • Watery eyes
  • Runny Nose
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Sneezing
  • Nose blockage or congestion
  • Body weakness or fatigue
Allergic rhinitis may be associated with:
  • Difficulty in concentration or focus
  • Limited activities
  • Lack of decision-making ability
  • Impaired hand-eye coordination
  • The problem in remembering capacity
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Irritability
  • Body weakness
  • Missed daily or school works
  • More motor vehicle accidents
  • More school or work injuries

Hayfever Triggers

  • Outdoor allergens such as pollen from trees, grass, or weeds.
  • Indoor allergens such as pollen from dust mites, pet hairs, or
  • Other nano-allergens such as cigarettes, smoke, perfumes, or cleaning

Hayfever in Children

Many parents tell us about their children with allergic rhinitis they
said, their children become moody or irritable during allergic
Hence children can not express their symptoms verbally. They express
their symptoms by actions or acting up at home or school. In
addition, some children feel having allergic rhinitis is a
stigma that separates them from others.
Please remember one thing it is not important that children with other
symptoms or irritability have attention deficit disorder. With
proper treatment, allergic symptoms can be controlled or can be avoided in
learning and disrupting behaviors.

Management and Treatment

Avoid allergic rhinitis symptoms by making changes to your home and to
your behavior.
  • Keep windows and doors closed during pollen periods.
  • use air conditioner in-home or car.
  • Wear sunglasses before going outside to keep pollen out of your
  • Use a dehumidifier to control mold.
  • Use mite-proof bedding covers to minimize exposure to dust
  • Wash your hand after touching any pet or animal.
  • If you wear contact lenses, remove them during allergic
  • Don’t use alcohol because it can increase the symptoms of
  • Wash your eyes with cold water regularly.
  • Taking anti-histamine tablets or drops is the common way to
    treat hayfever symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes.

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Ruman Amjad

Hello, I am Dr. Ruman Amjad, an Ophthalmologist specializing in the field of eye care, particularly focused on helping individuals with swollen eyelids. I am thrilled to welcome you to Swollen-Eyelid.com, a comprehensive resource dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information on eyelid inflammation.


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