Rhinitis is a fancy word for nasal allergies, something that millions of people deal with every year. They can be either seasonal or perennial, meaning they last all year long. In either case, they can make life unpleasant. Learning more about nasal allergies can be the first step toward treating them.
Defining Nasal Allergies
Any allergy is a negative reaction to an allergen. Common allergens include mold, dust mites, feathers, animal fur, cockroaches, and pollen. For many people, these things cause no issues. In people with allergies, however, the body responds to some or all of these things by attacking them with antibodies. These antibodies then trigger a series of reactions in the body that ultimately irritate the nasal tissue and cause the symptoms of allergies.
Seasonal allergies are often referred to as hay fever, but this is a very deceptive name. Those who suffer from this type of allergies do not actually run a fever, nor do they need to be exposed to hay for them to flare up. Pollen from all sorts of trees, grasses, and weeds can trigger these allergies.
What are the Symptoms of Nasal Symptoms?
Beyond the obvious runny nose, there are several potential symptoms of nasal allergies. This is due to the fact that they cause your nasal passages to swell and can cause you to produce extra mucus. Common symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
- Postnasal drip (mucus dripping down the throat)
- Watery, red eyes
- Sore throat
- Ear congestion (plugged ears)
- Sinus swelling and/or pain
- Itchy eyes, ears, nose, or throat
Diagnosing and Treating Nasal Allergies
The first step toward feeling better is determining if it is, in fact, nasal allergies causing your symptoms. Other things that can cause similar symptoms include the common cold, certain medications, changes in the weather, and your body reacting to irritants and pollutants, like smoke or other strong odors.
Once it has been determined that your symptoms are caused by nasal allergies, treatment can begin. Nasal steroid sprays or oral antihistamines can help treat the worst of your symptoms. Once we have established exactly what you are allergic to, steps can be taken in the future to avoid that allergen. Other tips for preventing the symptoms of nasal allergies include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water
- Washing bed linens often in hot water
- Avoid rubbing your nose
- Keep windows closed during high mold and pollen seasons
- Purchase a vacuum that is designed to eliminate allergens
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