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Nurse Practitioner Christy Johnson from Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Family Medicine says they've been treating a lot of allergic rhinitis. 
She says this is often called hay fever and occurs when the immune system overreacts.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:
  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Sinus pressure and facial pain
  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes
  • Decreased sense of smell or taste
Johnson says symptoms can often be treated with over the counter antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays.  She says decongestants should only be used for a maximum of 5 days and not by patients with high blood pressure.

Johnson recommends seeing a doctor if any of the following occurs:
  • Your symptoms are ongoing and bothersome
  • Allergy medications aren't working for you
  • You have another condition that can worsen hay fever symptoms, such as nasal polyps, asthma or frequent sinus infections
  • You have a fever
  • You have colored nasal drainage or a productive cough