hay fever

Not only is spring a beautiful time of year for those of us in the temperate zones, but it is also a financially lucrative period for companies in the business of making tissues, antihistamines, decongestants and other items to help deal with allergic rhinitis, better known as hay fever. But for people with the condition, spring is not so beautiful. While most sufferers develop allergic rhinitis in childhood, it can appear in adulthood as well.

Most commonly, pollen from trees and/or grasses are the culprits in causing those sneezing fits, runny eyes, and/or congested nasal passages, and spores of various molds can also provoke symptoms.  Early spring bloomers such as ash, birch, cedar, elm, maple and locust trees, as well as many grass species provide the triggers for such...

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Happy Spring! Cue the sniffles, scratchy throats, and sinus headaches. Experts warn that this year's pollen count is high, but how do they actually measure it?

It's actually pretty simple: pollen counts are generally taken with a system called a "rotorod." The sampling...