Pollen season: Can hay fever cause tight chest? Is a sore throat a symptom? |

Around one in five Brits are affected by seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hayfever. Pollen season, triggering hayfever, has collided with the coronavirus pandemic. This caused anxiety among many hayfever sufferers, who are experiencing symptoms that they think could be either hayfever or coronavirus. So what are the symptoms of hayfever?

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What is hayfever?

Hayfever is an allergic reaction that occurs at specific times of the year.

It is known as seasonal allergic rhinitis because has the same symptoms as perennial allergic rhinitis, but mainly happens in the summer months.

If you have hayfever, you are having a reaction to pollen from grass, trees and weeds.

It is caused by your body making allergic antibodies to certain allergens, such as pollen.

Hay Fever can affect anyone, no matter how old you are.

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Pollen season: Can hay fever cause tight chest? Is a sore throat a symptom?

Hayfever is caused by an allergic reaction to allergens like pollen (Image: Getty)

Pollen season: Can hay fever cause tight chest? Is a sore throat a symptom?

If you are experiencing hay fever symptoms, you are allergic to pollen (Image: Getty)

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Allergy UK says the symptoms of hayfever are:

Itchy eyes/ throatSneezing, blocked/runny noseWatering, red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis)Headaches, blocked sinusesShortness of breathTirednessThe sensation of mucus running down the back of the throat, which can also be a symptom, is called ‘post-nasal drip’.

Pollen season: Can hay fever cause tight chest? Is a sore throat a symptom?

Hayfever can cause a tight chest if you have asthma (Image: Getty)Can hayfever cause tight chest?

Hayfever shouldn’t cause a tight chest in most people.

However, the NHS website lists a tight chest as a symptom of hayfever in asthma sufferers.

If you have asthma, you will experience hayfever differently to others.

Those with asthma may also feel short of breath, and find themselves wheezing or coughing.

If you don’t have asthma and you have these symptoms, you need to contact NHS 111 because these symptoms could imply you are infected with COVID-19 instead.

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Hay fever or coronavirus: How to tell the difference Is a sore throat a symptom of hayfever?

No, a sore throat is not a symptom of hayfever.

If you have a sore throat, it is likely that you have a common cold rather than hayfever.

Hayfever is caused by an allergic reaction, but viruses cause colds and coronaviruses.

If you have a sore throat, you should make a list of your other symptoms and visit NHS 111 online for clarification.

Pollen season: Can hay fever cause tight chest? Is a sore throat a symptom?

If you’ve got a fever, it’s more than hayfever (Image: Getty)How are hayfever symptoms different from coronavirus?

First of all, you need to write down a list of your symptoms.

Hayfever shouldn’t make you feel unwell or cause a high temperature.

If you have a fever, then you may have coronavirus.

If you are experiencing a stuffy and runny nose and itchy eyes, it probably isn’t coronavirus.

These are the top symptoms related to hayfever and aren’t extremely rare in COVID-19 patients.

If you are still worried, ring NHS 111 and find out more information from a medical professional.

Pollen season: Can hay fever cause tight chest? Is a sore throat a symptom?

If you have hayfever symptoms, advice varies from stay indoors to vacuum regularly (Image: Getty)How do treat hayfever?

The NHS website gives a long list of things you can do to reduce your symptoms, it reads:

put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollenwear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyesshower and change your clothes after you have been outside to wash pollen offstay indoors whenever possiblekeep windows and doors shut as much as possiblevacuum regularly and dust with a damp clothbuy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filterdo not cut grass or walk on grassdo not spend too much time outsidedo not keep fresh flowers in the housedo not smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worsedo not dry clothes outside – they can catch pollendo not let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors