Sometimes I am trying to get some sleep, and that is when I start hearing my brother sniffing hardly, like if he was uncomfortable or had something strange in his nose. Well, he told me once he had allergic rhinitis, and even when he has obtained help from doctors, medications and everything else, he is still having issues with it every once in a while. I would like to provide you with the general information about this chronic disease so you can have the information handy in case that you must deal with it or even if you have someone in your family or in your group of friends who is dealing with it right now. Rhinitis (the allergic type) is an inflammation of the nasal passages, usually associated with runny nasal discharge and itching of the nose and eyes. It is pretty uncomfortable for the one who has it because they feel like there’s something inside their nose that they cannot remove for some reason. The majority of people experience this problem before the age of 30 years; however, it may occur at any other age. It has no sexual preference, so it can happen to both men and women. This chronic disease can influence a person’s life and daily activities and millions of dollars are spent each year on physician services and medication for treatment of this chronic illness. Allergenic rhinitis can be caused by different factors, such as dust mites, cockroaches, molds, and animal dander, tree, grass and ragweed pollens. In animals, the sebaceous glands of their skin is what secrets the allergen, not the animal itself.
There is also another type of rhinitis, called non allergic rhinitis. The main difference between this and the other type of rhinitis is that it does not involve any allergic reactions from the body. The mucus glands in your nose get stimulated, causing a congested, drippy nose. In fact, the symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis are similar to those of hay fever (another name for allergic rhinitis), but there’s no allergic reaction involved what so ever.
There are different methods of treatment for allergic rhinitis, such as nasal sprays, antihistamines, decongestants, allergy shots (immunotherapy) and avoidance of the allergen. Before you start using any method, your physician must identify trigger factors for allergic symptoms. They can perform skin or sometimes blood tests to confirm the specific allergens to which the person has antibodies. Immunotherapy maybe medicated for those who don’t respond to any medication therapy, have recurrent sinusitis or otitis.
As you were able to see in this article, allergic rhinitis can be handled appropriately if you are wise and if you seek for the proper help from a physician or doctor, avoid contact with the allergens if possible and try to use the best method of treatment for you. If you have any problems with a specific method of treatment for it, talk to your doctor and get another one, so you can enjoy a healthy normal life.