Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages, usually associated with watery nasal discharge and itching of the nose and eyes.
Allergic rhinitis affects about 20 percent of the population and ranks as one of the most common illnesses in the world. The symptoms occur in the nose and eyes and usually occur after exposure to dust, dander’s, or certain seasonal pollens in people that are allergic to these substances.
Patients can be severely restricted in their daily activities, resulting in excessive time away from school or work.
Causes of Allergic Rhinitis
- Many perennial and seasonal allergens cause allergic rhinitis.
- Dust mites, cockroaches, molds and animal dander, are examples of year-around allergens.
- Tree, grass and ragweed pollens are primarily seasonal outdoor allergens. Seasonal pollens depend on wind for cross-pollination. Plants that depend on insect pollination, such as goldenrod and dandelions, do not usually cause allergic rhinitis.
- Mold spores grow in warm, damp environments. The highest mold spore counts occur in early spring, late summer and early fall, but mold spores can be measured indoors year-around.
- Animal allergens are also important indoor allergens. The major cat allergen is secreted through the sebaceous glands of the animal's skin. These small, light proteins are capable of staying suspended in the air for up to six hours and can be measured for several months after a cat is removed from an indoor environment.
Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
- Characteristic symptoms include
- Repetitive sneezing;
- Rhinorrhea (runny nose);
- Post-nasal drip; nasal congestion;
- Itchy eyes, ears, nose or throat; and
- Generalized fatigue.
Symptoms can also include
- Eye tearing,
- Sore throat and impaired smell.
A chronic cough may be secondary to postnasal drip, but should not be mistaken for asthma. Sinus headaches and ear plugging are also common
Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis
The goal of treatment is to reduce the allergy symptoms. Avoidance of the allergen or minimization of contact with it is the best treatment, but relief may be found with the Homeopathic medications.
Homoeopathic medicines have excellent medicines for all types of Allergic Rhinitis. Without producing any side effect.
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