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What is Allergic Rhinitis and How do You Treat It?


Allergies that are linked to things like dust and pollen often inflame the inside of the nose. This is a common condition that is known as allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis happens when the immune system believes particles are harmful and therefore produces mucus designed to rid the body of what the immune system believes to be harmful allergens.

Several allergies are linked to allergic rhinitis and include:

  • Hay fever
  • Dust allergies
  • Pet allergies

Any allergy where the nose is seen to be either blocked or runny is known to be allergic rhinitis.


Allergic rhinitis causes symptoms that are very similar to the common cold. These symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Blocked up nose
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny eyes
  • Itchiness

Some allergic rhinitis conditions are seen to be seasonal such as hay fever while others are linked to continued contact to the irritant that the patient is allergic to such as pet hair or house dust.

Allergic rhinitis is often something that begins in childhood and can be something that the child grows out of over time. Not all allergic rhinitis eases with time however and there are some cases where adults begin to suffer for no apparent reason.


Treating the symptoms of allergic rhinitis is generally an easy task that most patients are able to handle at home. Treatments you can do at home to help with your allergic rhinitis include:

  • Cleaning nasal passages with saline solution
  • Steam inhalation to clear nasal passages
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Eye drops

In most cases these treatments will help to ease the symptoms of allergic rhinitis but do not treat the actual cause.


There is no known cure for allergic rhinitis but there are things that you can to help prevent it from happening. The first step is to find out what it is that causes your particular allergic rhinitis and then look to ways you can avoid these potential allergens. This includes taking actions such as:

  • Avoiding pets and pet hair
  • Regular dusting and hoovering
  • Taking hay fever remedies before the symptoms begin

If you have worries concerning your allergic rhinitis you can walk into any one of our clinics situated in the Houston Metropolitan area. No appointment is necessary. Our experienced healthcare providers can administer professional treatment to help you keep your allergy symptoms under control.


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