Unusual symptoms that might be linked to your hay fever

Hay fever symptoms

Unusual symptoms that might be linked to your hay fever

The past couple of weeks have been tough for people in the UK with hay fever. High levels of pollen combined with the hot, still weather means it’s been hard to escape the symptoms. All you have to do is step outside for 5 minutes and you start to feel miserable. It’s hard to enjoy the nice weather when you’re blowing your nose constantly or itching your eyes.

These are the symptoms we all know and absolutely do not love. Other common ones include an itchy throat and endless sneezing. But there are some less common symptoms that you might not realise are part of your hay fever. If you know where they come from, you might have an easier time dealing with them. Let’s look at three unusual examples…

Headaches and face pain

The last thing you want when you’re dealing with hay fever is a nasty headache – or even a migraine. But did you know the two could be linked? That stuffy nose and constant sniffling can lead to a sinus blockage and inflammation. And when this happens, it creates a pressure build-up that can present as a headache.

You’ll know it’s a sinus headache if you feel the pressure particularly around the upper part of your nose and behind your eyes. This may extend down your face; you could even feel it as low as your jaw. Nasal decongestant medication could help alleviate this. 

There’s a chance the headache could be a coincidence. It is summer after all, so it could be a sign of dehydration. So make sure you’re drinking enough water, too.

Loss of smell and taste

It’s not the only unusual symptom caused by sinus blockages. That build-up can also lead to a temporary loss of smell and – by association – taste. The inflammation in the nasal passages, which happens to keep pollen out, limits our ability to smell. And since smell and taste go hand in hand, you may also notice food isn’t as nice to eat.

This loss is known as ‘anosmia’ and is also a key symptom of COVID-19. This can make it tricky to figure out the cause. But if you know you have hay fever and it’s that time of year – and if you have other symptoms such as a blocked nose – then you can probably cross COVID off the list of suspects.

Excessive sweating

It’s summer; you’re going to sweat. But if you’re sitting in a cool room away from the sun and you’re still sweating, then it could be a part of your hay fever. Now, it isn’t a direct symptom of hay fever in the sense that sneezing or coughing is. Rather, it’s your body reacting to the changes that hay fever has put you through.

Let’s explain it further. When your body goes through a stressful or painful situation, it releases a number of chemicals to cope. It could be adrenaline or cortisol – whatever it needs to do to keep your body going. But these chemicals put your body through some strain, which can increase sweating.

While hay fever is rarely fatal, it is often inconvenient. And this lengthy list of symptoms is part of what makes it such a pain to live with. But if you know what to expect, you can figure out how to fight back. If your symptoms are affecting your quality of life, and if over-the-counter medication isn’t doing enough, then talk to your doctor about your next steps.

Or go one step further and find a dedicated allergist who can listen to your worries and find the best course of action for you. Our team is always here to help anyone dealing with life-altering allergic conditions. Reach out to us on 02031 433 449 or register as a new patient here.

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