Allergic Rhinitis: More Than Just a Runny Nose
What is Allergic Rhinitis?
This common condition affects millions worldwide, with approximately 19 million adults and 5 million children affected yearly in the United States
Risk Factors for Allergic Rhinitis
Diagnosis and Testing for People with Symptoms
Treatments for Allergic Rhinitis
- Antihistamines: these drugs reduce histamine production and block its effects in tissues. Common antihistamines used to treat allergies include loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), and desloratadine (Clarinex).
- Nasal steroids: These drugs suppress inflammation in the nose by reducing the number of natural allergy-triggering body hormones produced. Examples include fluticasone propionate (Flonase, Flovent), budesonide (Pulmicort), and triamcinolone acetonide (Nasacort AQ).
- Immunotherapy: This treatment exposes you to small amounts of allergens so your immune system will stop responding to them as threats. Desensitization injections can be administered during the winter months, or daily doses of sublingual drops can be taken during the summer months. Research has shown immunotherapy to be very effective in treating allergic rhinitis, with benefits lasting up to six years after initial treatment.
- Surgery: If medications are not alleviating your symptoms and are severely impacting your quality of life negatively, your doctor may recommend surgery. The most common type of surgery is called turbinate reduction surgery. However, if you’re considering a surgical option, first talk to your doctor about what other treatments might work before taking this step.
- Aromatherapy oils: Essential oils have been proven to offer relief from seasonal allergies and hay fever because they contain healing properties. Some of the best essential oils for alleviating nasal congestion are lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil. Mixing these therapeutic-grade essential oils with an organic carrier oil such as coconut oil creates an aromatic nasal inhaler that can help reduce symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes, and itchy throat/nose membranes.
We understand that allergic rhinitis can cause problems in your daily routine, ruining your quality of life. So if you’re dealing with the symptoms mentioned, know that you’re not alone. At Advanced Sinus Relief Centers, we offer a wide range of treatment and management options, including allergy testing, immunotherapy, prescription medication management, and more. Call us today to learn more about how our services can benefit you, or use our easy online appointment scheduler here!