What are common allergy symptoms?
Symptoms vary depending on the severity of your allergies. Symptoms can include:
- Itching (mostly eyes, nose, mouth, throat and skin)
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Pressure in the nose and cheeks
- Ear fullness and popping
- Sore throat
- Watery, red or swollen eyes
- Dark circles under your eyes
- Trouble smelling
How does hay fever differ from a cold or the flu?
Hay fever lasts longer than a cold or the flu—up to several weeks—and does not cause fever. The nasal discharge from hay fever is thin, watery and clear, while nasal discharge from a cold or the flu tends to be thicker. Itching (mostly eyes, nose, mouth, throat and skin) is common with hay fever but not with a cold or the flu. Sneezing is more prominent with hay fever and can occur in rather violent bouts.
When should I see a doctor?
If your symptoms interfere with your life, consider seeing your family doctor. Your doctor will probably do a physical exam and ask you questions about your symptoms. Keeping a record of your symptoms over a period of time can help your doctor determine what triggers your allergies.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff