Hay fever is medically designated as "allergic rhinitis," an inheritable disease in which the victim's immune system unpleasantly overreacts to the presence of pollen. Twenty-six million Americans suffer from chronic seasonal allergies, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and 40 million more have milder symptoms. The symptoms usually involve the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Circles under the eyes
  • Irritability
  • You smell bad (That is, your power to detect scents has weakened.)

Hay fever can develop at any stage in life, and once you have it, it probably isn't going to go away. Good news, huh?

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