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Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis


Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, is an allergic reaction that affects the nose. It occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens, such as pollen, dust, pet dander, or mold spores.


Allergic rhinitis can be categorized into two main types:


1. Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. This type of allergic rhinitis typically occurs during specific seasons when certain allergenic plants release pollen into the air. Common culprits include trees in the spring, grasses in the late spring and summer, and weeds in the late summer and fall. Symptoms are often more pronounced during these times.


2. Perennial Allergic Rhinitis. Unlike seasonal allergic rhinitis, perennial allergic rhinitis can occur year-round. It is usually triggered by indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and cockroach droppings. People with perennial allergic rhinitis often experience symptoms throughout the year.


Several things may cause or trigger symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis. While it may differ from person to person, the following are among the common causes of allergic rhinitis:


  • common allergens

  • pollen from trees, grass, and weeds

  • house dust mites

  • animal fur

  • mold

  • wood dust, flour, dust, latex

  • family history of asthma or allergies, such as hay fever, hives, or eczema

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Allergic Rhinitis can be diagnosed by a simple blood test measuring immunoglobulin E (IgE). This test can detect a wide variety of allergies. Alternatively, allergies can be diagnosed with a skin prick test where a small amount of a variety of allergens is placed carefully onto the skin to look for which ones the body reacts to.


Consulting your ENT healthcare provider can best help determine which test is right for you. 

Treatment & Management

Treatment and management of allergic rhinitis can include:


  • Allergen Avoidance: Reducing exposure to allergens, such as using air purifiers, washing bedding regularly, and keeping windows closed during high pollen seasons.

  • Medications: Over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids can help alleviate symptoms.

  • Immunotherapy: Allergy shots (read more hereor sublingual tablets (read more here) can be used to desensitize the immune system to specific allergens.

  • Nasal Irrigation: Saline nasal rinses can help relieve congestion and remove allergens from the nasal passages.

  • Lifestyle Modifications: Maintaining good hygiene, including regular handwashing, and staying indoors during high pollen days can reduce symptoms.

  • RhinAer:  RhinAer is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic rhinitis. Chronic rhinitis is a condition that causes long-term inflammation (swelling) in the inside of your nose. 

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Chronic rhinitis kept Janet from enjoying the great outdoors. After her RhinAer treatment, that all changed. Listen to her experience and the difference it has made on her life.

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