There are over 3 million cases of allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever) per year. At Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Associates we have seen the entire spectrum of allergic rhinitis ranging from mild to severe treatment resistant cases. With over a decade of experience, we continue to set health industry standards when it comes to successfully diagnosing and treating both pediatric and adult allergic rhinitis.
What Is Allergic Rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis, also commonly referred to as hay fever or allergies, is the result of the body’s exaggerated immune response to environmental allergens. This exaggerated immune response results in inflammation of the nasal and/or sinus membranes which presents as nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy nose/mouth/throat/eyes, cough, and sinus pressure.
Subsets of Allergic Rhinitis:
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
Typically caused by airborne pollen from grasses, trees, weeds or from molds. Seasonal allergic rhinitis varies by seasons and can occur in summer, spring, or fall.
Perennial Allergic Rhinitis
Typically caused by dust mites, mold, pet dander or hair. Perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms are generally year-round.
While allergic conjunctivitis is not a subset of allergic rhinitis, it commonly presents alongside it. Allergic conjunctivitis presents as swelling and itching of the eye(s). Similar to allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis is caused by the body’s exaggerated immune response to environmental allergens.
Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms
Most Common Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus pressure/pain
- Itchy/watery eye(s)
- Runny nose
- Post-nasal drip
- Other symptoms:
Patients who present with allergic rhinitis often times also experience:
- Chronic sinus infections
Allergic Rhinitis Testing
At Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Associates we are equipped to perform allergen skin testing in-house. Our highly trained staff will perform the needed tests and your results will be interpreted by a board-certified allergist who will discuss the finds and work with you in creating a treatment plan. Our mission is to provide effective an effective solution so that you can go back to living the live you love.
Allergic Rhinitis Treatments
While there is no cure for allergic rhinitis, the symptoms can certainly be managed. While some patients benefit from prescription medication taken as needed for symptom relief, many patients prefer to be placed on allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). At Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Associates we feel no two patients are alike and for that reason each patient’s treatment is tailored to their individual needs.