Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) | Allergic rhinitis is caused by allergens, usually harmless substances, triggering a response by the immune system and creating allergic reactions.

People with rhinitis are prone to symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, congestion and sinus pressure. Rhinitis can also contribute to other problems such as asthma, sinus or ear conditions or trouble sleeping.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis, often referred to as hay fever, is typically caused by outdoor allergens such as airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. This occurs during different times of the year depending on the geographical region, but it is most common during the spring time.

Perennial allergic rhinitis occurs year-round and is usually triggered by allergens such as pets or dust mites.

Some people with rhinitis symptoms may not be suffering from allergies. There are two different types of rhinitis, allergic and non-allergic. The symptoms may be similar, but the causes are different. Strong odors, pollution, smoke and other irritants may cause symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis. Medications and other chronic health conditions can also contribute to non-allergic rhinitis symptoms.

Since rhinitis can be both allergic and non-allergic, it is important to visit an allergist when dealing with these symptoms. An allergist, like our allergists here at National Allergy & ENT, will be able to find the cause, determine if an allergy is involve, and help create an allergy plan to control symptoms.

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