Many sufferers seem to assume that the symptoms that they are experiencing - often pretty miserable symptoms - are hay fever that is an inevitable part of their summer. In fact for many something else is causing the problem;
12 most common inhaled allergens are:
- grass pollen
- house dust mite
- stinging nettle pollen
- hazelnut pollen
- birch pollen
- mugwort pollen
- Aspergillus fumigatus
Avoidance of the allergen is a fundamental part of improving the life of a sufferer but all to often the patient has no idea what this is - people who thought that they suffered from hay fever are often in fact suffering from allergies to quite different allergens.
There are now kits available that a person can use to home test some airborne allergens e.g. Imutest. These can be useful as a guide but far more detailed tests would be performed by your doctor.