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Allergic Rhinitis What is allergic rhinitis? Allergic rhinitis is an allergic condition involving the nose. It can be associated with allergy of the eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). It is caused when an allergic individual is exposed to an allergen to which he is sensitive. This causes release of chemicals leading to irritation of the eyes, nose, sinuses and throat leading to symptoms of allergic rhinitis. What are the common causes?

The common allergens include house dust mite, pollen, pet allergens and mould spores. Depending upon the cause, the symptoms could be seen only during a particular season or throughout the year. What are the symptoms? The symptoms of allergic rhinitis include runny nose, blocked nose, mouth breathing, sneezing and itchy nose. Allergic conjunctivitis causes symptoms of redness, itching, burning sensation and watering of the eyes. Blocked nose can cause headache and sleeping difficulty. In severe cases, it can affect sleep, work and day to day activities. In addition, allergic rhinitis could be a risk factor for asthma. How is the condition diagnosed? The condition is diagnosed from the history and examination findings. Individual allergens identified from the history could be confirmed by allergy testing including skin prick tests and blood tests.

How is it treated?


Avoidance of the allergen could prevent the onset of allergic reactions. Anti Allergy medications can be used to reduce the symptoms. They can be taken through the mouth, topical drops or sprays. If symptoms are frequent or severe, preventive medications can be given to prevent the allergic reaction from taking place when exposed to the allergen. If you feel your child suffers from allergic rhinitis, please make an appointment for our pulmonology and allergy clinics, Ankura hospitals. Dr. Srinivas Jakka Consultant Paediatrician, Pulmonology and Allergy Specialist MD (Paediatrics), MRCPCH (UK), Diploma in Allergy (UK)

Allergic rhinitis  

Allergic rhinitis is an allergic condition involving the nose. It can be associated with allergy of the eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). It i...

Allergic rhinitis  

Allergic rhinitis is an allergic condition involving the nose. It can be associated with allergy of the eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). It i...

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