Allergic Rhinitis: Treatment Information
What Is Allergic Rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis refers to the swelling of the inside lining of the nose that occurs when individuals inhale substances they’re allergic to. Also referred to as hay fever, it’s one of the most common illnesses affecting both adults and children. Family history can play a role so if you struggle with allergic rhinitis, it’s important to note that your children may as well.
What Causes Allergic Rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis is an inflammatory pathway that is triggered by exposure to particular allergens. When an individual with it becomes exposed to these allergens — pollen, mold, animal dander, dust and so on — the inflammatory pathway is activated, leading to the following symptoms:
Runny, itchy nose or nasal obstructions
Itchy, watery — and sometimes reddened — eyes
Itching of the throat, mouth, or ears
What Is Recommended as Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis?
- Minimize exposure to the substances that cause reactions
- Oral antihistamines like Claritin®, Allegra®, ZYRTEC® and BENADRYL® can help counteract released histamine
- Over-the-counter steroid nasal sprays like FLONASE® or Nasacort® work topically to decrease inflammation
- Oral decongestants like SUDAFED® can help as well, but are not recommended for patients with high blood pressure
For some, immunotherapy — also known as allergy shots — may be recommended. This therapy is typically only needed for more severe cases of rhinitis.
If you’re unsure of what you need to curb your symptoms, get in touch with our care team for a consultation.
We’ll work with you to create the right care plan to get you feeling and breathing better in no time.