I found out that there are MANY symptoms of Hayfever. Following are just a few from this list.
- Stuffy or runny noes
- Irritation to the eyes
- Coughing and Wheezing
- Sleep deprivation due to other symptoms
- Allergic Rhinitis which in itself is: Symptoms of a 'permanent cold'
- Blocked stuffy nose
- Headaches and earache
- Constant sore throats and postnasal drip
- Poor concentration
GREAT! What a nice way to kick off the school year. All of that crud, PLUS poor concentration. Poor girl. The Ragweed Allergy site also states that any one of these symptoms alone may not be Hayfever, but if you suffer from several, it's likely that you are a... victim (my word).
|Not ragweed. Just a place to rest your eyes...|
ALSO - we are trying some nose drops (a sample that the doc gave us last summer, and she didn't end up needing). I've always been so hesitant to start nose drops... I grew up with a friend who experienced allergies. She used nose drops all the time, and had a constant *sniff*. It was part of her rhythm -- like breathing. I swore off nose drops FOREVER after that. Famous last words, huh?
I'll keep you posted.
do YOU suffer from Hayfever?
What is your best remedy?
Tell me about it! (Please?)
Interesting side note: I also read this: *"People with Ragweed Allergy may also get symptoms when they eat cantaloupe and banana. Chamomile tea, sunflower seeds and honey containing pollen from Compositae family members occasionally cause severe reactions too."
Wow, who knew? That made me do a little more searching, and I found this great site: http://allergies.about.com/od/foodallergies/a/oas.htm, where I learned that the symptoms my daughter feels when she eats raw peaches, carrots, or apples are not just in her head - but related to a Birch pollen allergy!
*CREDIT: This and all ragweed/hayfever information in this post was gleaned from http://www.ragweed-allergy.com/. There's all kinds of interesting information at this site. Check it out! They didn't ask me to tell you. I just like to share good information.