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Allergic Rhinitis (Hey Fever)

llergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is an inflammatory condition of the nose and throat that is caused by an allergic reaction to airborne particles such as pollen, dust mites, animal dander, or mold.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:

  • Sneezing

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat

  • Watery eyes

  • Postnasal drip (mucus draining from the back of the nose down the throat)

  • Cough

Red flags that may indicate a more serious condition include:

  • Facial pain or pressure

  • Headache

  • Tooth pain

  • Foul-smelling or discolored nasal discharge

  • Fever

Treatment for allergic rhinitis typically involves avoiding the allergen triggers, medications, and/or immunotherapy. Self-care measures may also help alleviate symptoms, including:

  • Avoiding allergen triggers such as pollen, dust, and animal dander

  • Using air filters or purifiers

  • Washing bed sheets and clothes in hot water to reduce dust mites and other allergens

  • Using saline nasal sprays or rinses to flush out allergens and mucus from the nasal passages

  • Using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants to alleviate symptoms

  • Using prescription nasal corticosteroids or leukotriene receptor antagonists to reduce inflammation

In severe cases or if symptoms do not improve with treatment, referral to an allergist or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist may be necessary.

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