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.
What Is Non-Allergic Rhinitis?
Approximately 33 percent of people with rhinitis symptoms do no have allergies. Non-allergic rhinitis, also known as “reactive nose” or “sensitive nose,” primarily affects adults and presents with year-round symptoms such as runny nose and nasal congestion. Unlike allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis does not involve the body’s immune system.
What Is Nasal Congestion?
Nasal congestion can be the result of a variety of conditions, ranging from the common cold to structural abnormalities. When the body’s immune system is involved, the nasal congestion is considered to be allergy-related. At Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Associates we can help determine the cause of your nasal congestion and devise a treatment plan either in-house or through collaboration with an ENT specialist.