Do you find yourself constantly sneezing or is your nose always running? If so, you may have Allergic Rhinitis. There are two types of allergic rhinitis; seasonal and perennial. Affecting 40 to 60 million Americans each year, allergic rhinitis is more commonly referred to as hay fever. Even though the common name is hay fever you do not have to be exposed to hay or even have a fever. So how do you know if you are one of the millions who suffer from rhinitis, read on for the symptoms, triggers and treatments.
Rhinitis has many of the same symptoms as the common cold. These include a runny or congested nose, sneezing, and fatigue. Other symptoms include itchy eyes, mouth or skin. Most people who suffer from seasonal rhinitis contribute their symptoms to airborne mold spores and pollen from grass, weeds, or trees. Perennial rhinitis on the other hand, occurs year round and can be caused by dust mites, pet dander and hair, cockroaches or mold. Some people even suffer from both seasonal and perennial rhinitis.
Do you suffer from any of these symptoms during the year? Talk to your physician about seeing an allergist to find out if you suffer from allergic rhinitis. Your physician or allergist will ask you to give a detailed history that may include whether or not you have a pet in your home, what your eating habits are, how frequent and severe your symptoms are, and may even recommend a skin test. There are over-the-counter treatments for allergies as well as prescriptions from your doctor.
While over-the-counter and prescription work for some people, prevention works for everyone. Filter Stream’s state-of-the-art A310 Personal Air purifier is a great way to keep even the smallest of pollen particles away. The A310 uses negative ions to propel irritants for up to three feet. This will allow even the most sensitive of allergy sufferers to enjoy the outdoors.
Seasonal Rhinitis can be a debilitating condition. We hope that you have learned how to prevent and treat your seasonal allergies. Stay tuned for our coming articles about allergies and don’t forget to check out our series on Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.