Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014, 5:30 pm

While you may have never heard of allergic rhinitis, you or someone you know has likely experienced it.  Known colloquially as hay fever, this common condition affects the nose, and can bring about many unwanted side effects.  Sneezing, runny noses, and watery eyes are all symptoms of allergic rhinitis, causing a great deal of discomfort in patients.

Allergic rhinitis is the result of the immune system overreacting to particles in the air, like pollen, dust, ragweed, animal dander, and more.  The symptoms are caused by the body’s immune system attacking these particles, and can include runny nose, sneezing, tearing, nasal congestion, itchy nose, problems with smell, and many more.  Allergic rhinitis is a long-lasting condition, though depending on what you're allergic to, symptoms may only appear at certain times.

While there is currently no cure for allergic rhinitis, there are some treatment options that can help to relieve the symptoms associated with this condition.  Keep reading to find out some of the top treatment options for this condition.

Top Treatment Options for Allergic Rhinitis

  1. Avoid known allergens. Since the symptoms of allergic rhinitis are brought on by external factors like dust mice, pollen, and more, avoiding these triggers can help you reduce your symptoms.  Speak to your doctor about allergy testing, as it can help you figure out what exactly is triggering your symptoms.
  2. Medications. Antihistamines, cortisteroids, and decongestants are all medications that can be helpful in clearing unwanted allergy symptoms.  You should always consult with a doctor before taking any of these, however, as they may not always be the right treatment option for you.
  3. Allergy shots. If your allergy symptoms are severe, or if you can't avoid the allergen that's causing these symptoms, allergy shots can be an effective option.  Regular injections can help your body adjust to the allergen, thereby reducing your symptoms.

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If you’re living with allergic rhinitis and want to find out more about the treatment options, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  Our offices are located in Astoria, and you can reach us directly at (718) 204-7550.  We look forward to serving you.

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