Allergic Rhinitis (HAY FEVER)
- Allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever, presents as nasal congestion, runny nose, mucous drainage, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes.
- If you have allergic rhinitis, your immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance, called an allergen, as an intruder.
- Depending on the specific trigger, symptoms can be seasonal or year-round.
- Allergens include pollen, mold, dust mites, cockroach droppings and pet dander. Irritants such as smoke, strong odors, humidity and weather changes can cause similar symptoms.
- Allergic rhinitis is diagnosed based on history, physical examination and allergy skin or blood testing.
- Treatment includes allergen avoidance, medications and/or immunotherapy (allergy shots) based on patient preference.
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