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The Symptoms and Remedies of Allergic Rhinitis

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The Symptoms and Remedies of Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis, also known to many as hay fever, is an allergy to different allergens within the air. For most sufferers, this is pollen. Hay fever shows its symptoms at certain times of the year when pollen counts are at their highest. If you believe you may be suffering from allergic rhinitis, check out the symptoms below and find out more what you can do to treat them.

Why Do We Get Symptoms?

Symptoms appear as the allergen enters our body whilst we are breathing. Our body will have a natural disposition to react to this allergen. This may be from our genetics or it may be something we have just developed with no true explanation. It may be due to something we have been exposed to in the environment, but it is best to look back at your family history and get a blood test to determine where the allergy came from. When we breathe in the allergen, an antibody that we produce binds to it and causes the release of a chemical which has inflammatory effects. This chemical is called histamine. Therefore, you may have noticed many medicines used to treat allergic rhinitis are called antihistamines.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms can vary in degree from one person to another, but most of the symptoms are the same. You may experience a runny nose, dry or very teary eyes, itching and nasal congestion due to a buildup of secretions. Allergic rhinitis can cause us to itch our nose and eyes a lot, which can cause further problems such as dry skin on our nose and dark eyelids. There are ways to get rid of dark eyelids and to soothe the skin on our nose, but treating the allergy is the best way to prevent these further problems from developing.

Remedies

There is no treatment for allergic rhinitis; once we have an allergy we are stuck with it. What we must do is calm down the symptoms so that the allergy will stop affecting us from doing daily tasks. The best way to treat allergic rhinitis is to get straight to the source, and this means nasal sprays. You can get these over the counter at drug stores and there are many to choose from. These medicines are sprayed into the nose and should calm down your symptoms. If this does not work, there are tablets that can be ingested, but these usually only work for those with mild symptoms. If your eyes are being badly affected, you may want to use eye drops to reduce the soreness and dryness from constant itching. If over the counter medicines do not work, speak to your doctor about a stronger alternative that will work. Allergen immunotherapy can be used to try and give your body a tolerance to the allergen, reducing your symptoms.

Allergic rhinitis can be a real problem for many, especially when driving or going out when pollen counts are high. Begin treating your allergic rhinitis and stop these symptoms from taking over your daily life.

Naomi Isted
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