Allergic Rhinitis

(SEASONAL ALLERGIES)


Allergic rhinitis is also known as hay fever. It is a common condition affecting up to 30% of American adults and 40% of children.

Allergic rhinitis occurs when a person’s immune system incorrectly identifies harmless particles in the environment such as pollens, dust mites, mold spores and animal dander as foreign invaders. When the immune system reacts to these airborne allergens, it creates inflammation that leads to symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

SYMPTOMS

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus pressure
  • Itching of the nose, throat and/or ears
  • Itchy/watery eyes

TREATMENTS

Speak with your allergist about various treatment approaches to combat allergic rhinitis including:

  • Allergen Avoidance – Learn ways to modify your environment to reduce exposure to airborne allergens.
  • Medications – There are many over the counter and prescription medications that alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis including eye drops, nasal sprays, decongestants and antihistamines.
  • Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, involves the administration of doses of allergens over time to allow the immune system to switch from an allergic response to a protective response for each allergen treated.