Allergic Rhinitis - Overview
 
 How Often Have You Been Troubled By Bouts Of Sneezing And An Itchy, Runny Nose That Persistently Lands Up With You Precisely On The Day Of Your Important Presentation? If This Happens More Than Once In A While With You, It’s About Time You Sought Treatment For Your Allergic Rhinitis.

While Allergic Rhinitis (also Called Nasal Allergy) Is Not Life Threatening, It Can Significantly Impair The Quality Of Life Of Patients Especially Given That It Affects Almost 20% Of General Population. It Is More Of A Nagging, Chronic Complaint That Drains The Person In The Long Run And Hence Calls For Early Treatment.

Homeopathic Treatment Can Give Very Good Relief To Patients Suffering From Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy) And It Significantly Improves Their Immunity So That They Don’t Fall Prey To Allergens Frequently. The Potential Benefits Of Homeopathic Treatment In Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Were Also Confirmed In A Double-blind Trial Conducted At Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

 

What Is Allergic Rhinitis?

 ‘Achoo…God Bless You!’

Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy) Is An Inflammation Of The Nasal Passages Characterized By Symptoms That Include Any Combination Of The Following: Sneezing, Nasal Congestion, Nasal Itching, And Discharge From The Nose. In Short It Is The Condition That Makes You Go Sneezing And Gives You An Itchy, Runny Nose With Watery Eyes Whenever You Come In Contact With Certain Allergens. The Condition Is Usually Precipitated In Sensitive Individuals After Exposure To Dust, Dander, Certain Seasonal Pollens, Etc.

Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy) Is A Very Common Disorder And It Affects Almost 20% Of The Population. Although It Can Affect People Of All Age Groups, Two-third Of All Patients With This Condition Develop It Before The Age Of 30. The Condition Seems To Spare The Geriatric Age Group. The Male - Female Ratio For Adults Remains Equal Though Amongst Children, Boys Are More Frequently Affected Than Girls.

There Are Two Categories Of Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy):


Seasonal: The Allergy Attacks Occur During Certain Seasons, Especially In Pollen Season
Perennial: The Allergy Attacks Are Interspersed Throughout The Year

Every Year, Millions Of Dollars Are Spent On Doctors’ Visits And Medication For The Treatment Of This Chronic Illness. Not To Mention All The Missed Days At Work And School As Well As The Impaired Performance. Timely Treatment Can Surely Save A Lot Of Money And Agony For The Patients Of Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy).

 

Causes Of Allergic Rhinitis

 How Did You Get That Cold Again?

The Troublesome Bout Of Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy) Which A Lot Of People Dread Can Be Triggered By A Number Of Allergens. Allergens Are Substances That Can Induce An ‘allergic Reaction’ In The Body.

Some Of The Allergens That Are Common Culprits In Cases Of Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy):

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Outdoor Molds
  • House Dust Mites
  • Wood Dust
  • Exposure To Certain Animals (including Pets)
  • Cockroaches
  • Rodents
  • Irritant Triggers Such As Smoke, Pollution, And Strong Smells

When A Susceptible Person Is Exposed To An Allergen Such As Pollen Or Dust, The Body Releases Certain Chemicals Which Include ‘histamine’. Histamine Release Is Responsible For Allergy Symptoms Such As Itchy Feeling, Swelling, And Mucus Production.

Apart From Allergens, There Are Certain Other Factors That Are Responsible In The Development Of Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy):

Weather: Hot, Dry, Windy Days Are More Likely To Trigger An Allergy Attack (due To Increased Amounts Of Pollen In The Air) As Compared To Cool, Damp, Rainy Days (when Most Pollen Is Washed To The Ground)

Genetics: Heredity Seems To Play An Important Role In Allergic Diseases. If Both Your Parents Suffer From Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy), You Have Almost 50% Chances Of Developing The Same. If One Of Your Parents Suffers From It, Your Chances Of Developing This Stand At 30%.

It Must Also Be Noted That The Triggers Of An Attack May Vary From Person To Person And The Patient Himself Has To Figure Out Which Of These Causative Factors Precipitates The Episodes In Him.

 

Symptoms Of Allergic Rhinitis

 
The Little Red Runny Nose…

Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy) Is Not An Easy Disorder To Live With. Though It May Sound Very Benign To A Non-sufferer, Only The Patient Knows How Nagging This Condition Is. Imagine A Sudden Episode Of Constant Sneezing In The Middle Of (or Just Before The Start Of) An Important Meeting Or Assignment. It Simply Does Not Allow Concentration To Be Focused On Anything At All Sometimes.

Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy) Can Include Any Combination Of The Following Symptoms:

  • Repetitive Sneezing
  • Runny Nose (rhinorrhoea)
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Itchy Nose, Ear, Throat, Eyes
  • Watery Eyes
  • Reduced Sense Of Smell
  • Post-nasal Discharge

Chronic Cases Of Allergic Rhinitis (nasal Allergy) May Develop Additional Symptoms Like:

  • Cough (due To The Post Nasal Discharge)
  • Sinus Headaches
  • Blocked Ears
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Eyelid Swelling
  • Injected Sclerae (redness Of The White Part Of Eyes)