Allergic rhinitis is swelling and inflammation of the lining of the nose caused by an allergy. It is a common problem affecting 1 in 5 people in the UK. Typical symptoms include sneezing, runny nose and nasal stuffiness. An allergy is where an environmental trigger causes a reaction in the body's immune system. Common environmental triggers include irritants such as dust, house dust mites, mould, pollen, animals, grass and trees. Other allergic symptoms include itching, skin rashes and watery eyes.
Trigger factors for chronic rhinitis include airborne irritants and low humidity (dry air).
Risk factors include: atopy (history of asthma or eczema), family history, pollution, reduced exposure to infections and exposure to cigarette smoke.
We treat simple allergies to pets, dust mite and also hay fever and can prescribe prescription only treatments including Avamys (nasal steroid spray) and Fexofenadine (anti-histamine tablet). Nasal steroids reduce the inflammation of the lining of the nose and help ease nasal symptoms. Antihistamines help to prevent the allergic reaction.
Please see the Common Treatments section below for further information.