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  • Autumn can be the cruelest season if you suffer from allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. Hay fever is a hypersensitivity to airborne pollen from seasonal plants. 

    Examples of plants commonly responsible for hay fever include:

    • trees (deciduous and evergreen)
    • grasses
    • most flowers
    • ragweed

    In addition to individual sensitivity and regional plant prevalence, the amount of pollen in the air can be a factor in whether hay fever symptoms develop. Hot, dry, windy days are more likely to have increased amounts of pollen in the air than cool, damp, rainy days where pollen is washed to the ground.

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