Can You Get a Fever With Seasonal Allergies?

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Seasonal allergies, though commonly known as hay fever, do not cause fevers. However, nasal congestion and other seasonal allergy symptoms can lead to infections, which may lead to raised temperatures.

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Symptoms

Seasonal allergy symptoms include runny nose, itchy or watery eyes and nasal congestion.

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Causes

Allergies are caused by the immune system overreacting to a harmless substance and producing histamines. Common triggers of seasonal allergies include pollen and mold.

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Sinus Infections

Seasonal allergies do not cause fevers on their own, but chronic sinus congestion can lead to a bacterial sinus infection (sinusitis), which can cause fever—as well as symptoms such as nasal congestion, sinus pressure, headache and cough.

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Colds

If what appears to be seasonal allergies causes general aches and pains, cough and sore throat, and a fever, it may actually be the common cold, a viral infection.

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Treatment

Treatment for seasonal allergies include antihistamines, decongestants and allergy shots. If you have a fever, consult your doctor, as you may need antibiotics to treat a sinus infection.

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