Allergic rhinitis is a global health problem, affecting up to 80% of the population. 44% of British adults suffer from at least one allergy, and this number is rising. As well as adults, Allergic Rhinitis affects up to 40% of children. Read our article below to learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatments for Allergic Rhinitis.
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose, eyes or mouth
- Postnasal drip
- Frequent throat clearing
Children may also be malaise and fatigued.
The symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Performance of daily activities, quality of sleep, work/school productivity, and psychological wellbeing can all be affected.
What causes Allergic Rhinitis?
Several allergens are associated, including dust mites; pollens like grass, tree and weed pollen; animal dander; and mould. It may also be in response to medications, after exposure to irritants or in the presence of an upper-respiratory tract infection. You may be at a higher risk of developing allergic rhinitis if you have a family history of allergies.
How is Allergic Rhinitis treated?
There are three main treatments for Allergic Rhinitis:
Antihistamines - treat symptoms such as itching, sneezing and runny nose by blocking the action of histamine.
Decongestants - treat a blocked nose, helping to open your airways by constricting blood vessels in the nose.
Topical Intranasal Corticosteroids (INCs) - act by suppressing inflammation and reducing all symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis. They can also reduce allergic eye symptoms like itching, tearing and redness.
Alternative remedies & self-help:
Taking steps to reduce your exposure to allergens may help you to control your symptoms.
If your symptoms are mild, you may be able to manage them with over the counter medication such as with Piri Allergy Relief products.