Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis refers to allergies in the nose and sinuses, usually due to things like:

  • pollen
  • dust
  • animal dander

 

Allergic rhinitis is linked to other allergies, including atopic dermatitis and asthma. Many individuals suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis, depending on when the pollen they are allergic to is most prevalent.

Sometimes called “hay fever”, it presents as:

  • itchy nose, mouth, eyes or skin
  • runny nose and/or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • tearing eyes
  • sore throat

 

Sometimes skin or blood testing is used to confirm the relevant allergens for allergic rhinitis.

What are the treatments for Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis

For mild disease, staying indoors on high pollen days and using an air filter may be enough. Using a nasal wash like a Neti pot may also help to clear the sinuses and nose from allergens.

In more severe cases, oral antihistamines can be helpful, with or without nasal corticosteroid sprays. Other treatments also exist and may be considered.

Allergy shots are sometimes recommended and aim to re-teach the body to ignore an allergen, occasionally with good effect.