Allergic Rhinitis

Most patients seen by the Board Certified Allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists suffer from Allergic Rhinitis (AR) and experience great relief of their symptoms with treatment.

Allergic Rhinitis is the inflammation of the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract. It is commonly referred to as hay fever or rose fever.

Symptoms

The symptoms most commonly involve the nose, eyes and throat and include:

  •  Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Itchy Eyes, Nose, Throat, Roof of Mouth, Ears
  • Runny Nose
  • Watery Eyes

The symptoms can be limited to certain times of the year such as spring and fall. Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis is caused by plant pollen and mold. 

Summertime can also claim allergy sufferers. The warm moist environments of vacation homes at the shore or in the mountains and hotel rooms are breeding grounds for mold, a potent allergen.

Some individuals experience symptoms of AR year round. This is known as Perennial Allergic Rhinitis and is typically caused by animal dander, dust mites, indoor molds and cockroaches. 

Small children with eczema will often develop allergic rhinitis and, if left untreated, can develop asthma.

Examination

Your examination at A&AS for allergic rhinitis will include a detailed medical history, an extensive review of the conditions of your everyday living environment, a physical examination and a panel of skin tests for the appropriate number of allergens. Within 20 minutes, skin testing results will reveal which allergens trigger your symptoms. Also, to make certain that the AR has not compromised lung function capacity, state of the art, computerized lung function testing is performed on most patients as young as three years old.

Treatment

Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis includes:

  • Avoiding the allergic triggers
  • Practicing environmental control
  • Medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids.
  • Immunotherapy

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