Health Conditions

Allergic Rhinitis

What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is commonly known as seasonal allergies or hay fever, and it refers to a collection of allergic symptoms affecting the nasal airways. When an allergen (like pollen, dander, or dust) is inhaled, the body has an allergic reaction. Symptoms include an itchy, runny, and stuffy nose; watery eyes; sore throat; and headache.

Treatment for allergic rhinitis includes nasal sprays and oral medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Common drug classes used to treat allergic rhinitis are antihistamines (Claritin, Benadryl, Astelin), leukotriene receptor antagonists (Singulair), alpha agonists (Sudafed), corticosteroids (Flonase, Nasonex, Rhinocort), and anticholinergics (Atrovent). Saline rinses or a Neti pot can also be used to clear out a stuffy nose.

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