If you tend to have moderate or severe allergic reactions during certain times of the
year, you probably suffer from seasonal allergies. But it doesn’t stop there. You may
also be someone whose body goes one step further and develops allergic rhinitis, also
known as hay fever. This can cause worsened symptoms that tend to last longer than
just your everyday allergies.
Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms
It is not uncommon for people to have allergic rhinitis and not realize they suffer from
these types of allergies. They are aware that certain times of the year they tend to have
a runny nose or a cough, but don’t always associate it with this condition. It helps to
understand the symptoms so that you can get treated early on.
Some common symptoms of allergic rhinitis include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Nose that gets itchy often
- Burning in your nose or throat
- Consistent, dry cough
- Sneezing often
- Scratchy throat
- Sore throat
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Persistent headaches
Where Do You Get This Type of Allergy?
As with most allergies, there is rarely a specific cause. Allergic rhinitis itself is caused by
coming into contact with a type of allergen that leads to it, but the sensitivity to allergens
is probably something you were born with.
Many different allergens can lead to the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, including mold,
dust mites, pollen, and animal dander. Pollen counts are higher during certain times of
the year, and when it’s windy out, the allergy symptoms might be worse. Some people
also experience these symptoms from environmental conditions like smoke or dust.
What Can You Do About it?
The good news is that this type of allergy is very easy to treat and manage. The first
thing you can do is be aware of what triggers your allergy symptoms. It can take some
time to figure it out, but write down as many details as you can every time you have
allergic rhinitis symptoms. Maybe you notice that you always have a dry cough in cold
weather, or seem to have itchy eyes and a runny nose when someone is smoking
cigarettes near you.
Are you looking for an over-the-counter remedy for your problem? Antihistamines are your friend.
There are different types of antihistamines you can try, like Claritin, Zyrtec, or Benadryl.
Make sure you don’t combine multiple antihistamines and be very careful combining
them with other medications. Some can have a drowsy effect and should only be used
when you are at home or before bed.
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