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Allergic Rhinitis

Overview


Allergic Rhinitis causes the nasal airways to inflame due to an allergic inflammation. This occurs when a person with a sensitized immune system inhales an allergen such as pollen or pet dander, which causes an allergic reaction. In most people the symptoms include runny or stuffy nose, and itching of the eyes, mouth or skin.

People with Allergic Rhinitis experience symptoms after breathing in a substance they are allergic to.

Symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes, mouth or skin
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose due to blockage or congestion
  • Fatigue (often reported due to poor quality sleep as a result of nasal obstruction)

Possible Triggers

  • Outdoor allergens, such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds
  • Indoor allergens, such as pet hair or dander, dust mites and mold
  • Irritants, such as cigarette smoke, perfume and diesel exhaust