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When hay fever (Pollen allergy, seasonal allergic rhinitis) refer to physicians a hypersensitivity of the immune system to proteins of various plant pollen. This affects almost one in five in Germany. A clogged, runny and itchy nose and red, itchy eyes are the main symptoms of hay fever. The complaints can be alleviated with medication. In addition, it can be attempted to use the specific immunotherapy directly to control the hay fever overshooting immune system directly. Read all important information about hay fever here.

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. J30ArtikelübersichtHeuschnupfen

  • description
  • symptoms
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Examinations and diagnosis
  • treatment
  • Disease course and prognosis

Hayfever: description

Every fifth person in Germany suffers from hay fever. It is the most common allergy. As with all allergies, the immune system of the body reacts hayfever overly harmless substances - in this case not on hay, as the name suggests, but on proteins of pollen in the air (such as grass and tree pollen).

This is why hay fever is also referred to as pollen allergy, pollinosis or seasonal allergic rhinitis (= seasonal allergic rhinitis, allergic rhinitis). Seasonally, because the different pollen, which can cause hay fever, not in the year, but only during the flowering period of the respective plants are present in the air. Thus, the hay fever symptoms occur only in certain months of the year.

If the symptoms occur year round, it is probably not hay fever, but another form of allergy, such as house dust mites.

Hay fever is not a common disease

People without hay fever often can not imagine how stressful the symptoms of a pollen allergy actually are: The constantly itchy, watery eyes and the heavy sneezing attacks with runny nose severely restrict the quality of life of those affected. In addition, hay fever often causes allergic asthma after a few years. Doctors also refer to this as a change of level, as the complaints from the upper respiratory tract spread deeper into the respiratory tract (lungs and bronchi).

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Hay fever: symptoms

Everything important to the typical signs of hay fever read in the article hay fever symptoms.

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