What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by allergens such as pollen, dust, mold or flakes of skin from certain animals
What are the symptoms of allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis typically causes cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose.
It is triggered by exposure to the allergen.
How is allergic rhinitis diagnosed and treated?
Allergic rhinitis is diagnosed based on your symptoms. Certain tests can be done to determine the allergies.
Mild symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter Non-sedating antihistamines, and rinsing your nose with saltwater solution to keep your nose free of irritants.
If the symptoms are severe, consult a healthcare provider.
Nasal spray, oral medications can be prescribed.
What are the long-term complications of allergic rhinitis?
Untreated long-term allergic rhinitis could be to nasal polyps, ear infections, sinus infections.