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Allergic Rhinitis

About Allergic Rhinitis

If you have a running or stuffy nose or you sneeze a lot or if your eyes, mouth or skin is too itchy, then you may have allergic rhinitis- an allergic condition that occurs 1 in 3 individuals.

Allergic rhinitis is also called hay fever though it has nothing to do with fever or being near hay. Like any other allergy, when a body’s immune system becomes sensitive, it overreacts with the environment which in turn causes an allergy.

There are two different forms of allergic rhinitis, namely,

Seasonal - A seasonal allergy occurs during weather seasons like spring, autumn and summer. This is caused by allergic sensitivity to airborne mold spores or to pollens from trees and weeds.

Perennial – An allergy that experiences year round symptoms is caused by dust mites, pet hair or cockroaches or mold.

Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Running nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Poor quality sleep

Trigger

  • Irritant to cigarette smoke, perfume and diesel smell
  • Indoor allergen – pet hair, mold and dust mites
  • Outdoor allergen – pollen from grass, tree and weeds

Treatment

  • Wear glasses when outdoor to avoid pollen entering your eyes
  • Keep windows closed during pollination period
  • Use bed covers to protect from dust mites
  • Try to keep your houses clean
  • Wash hands after petting an animal
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