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Hay fever, like all allergic reactions, is caused by allergens, foreign "invaders" that enter your body by inhalation, by swallowing, or through your skin.
In hay fever, the allergens are airborne substances that enter your airways (mouth, nose, throat, and lungs) via your breathing and the linings of your eyes and sometimes ears via direct contact.
Most of the time it is difficult to identify a specific allergen.
Once these allergens come in contact with your airway, the white blood cells of your immune system produce antibodies to the offending substance. This overreaction to a harmless substance is often called a hypersensitivity reaction:
The most common allergens in hay fever are pollens:
The other common allergens in hay fever are moulds:
The amounts of pollen and moulds in the air are measured daily in many areas around Ireland:
Risk factors for hay fever:
The allergens that cause symptoms in an individual as he or she ages. Symptoms decrease in some allergy sufferers, but not all, as they grow older.
Bodily changes of pregnancy may make hay fever worse.