Allergic rhinitis also known as hay fever can be triggered by allergens such as pollen, dust mites, cigarette smoke and perfume. The signs and symptoms of this disorders ae sneezing, watery eyes, sore or scratching throat and a blocked or stuffy nose.
HOW IS RHINITIS DIAGNOSED?
A skin prick test is one of the most common and widely used tests to find out what a person is allergic to. A blood test or a specialized test known as radioallergosorbent test might be performed to determine the amount of immunoglobulin E antibodies in the blood.
HOW IS RHINITIS TREATED?
Relief from symptoms such as stuffy nose is provided through use of nasal sprays. Antihistamine nasal sprays are used to relieve symptoms of nonallergic rhinitis. Oral decongestants may also be used for relief from symptoms
DID YOU KNOW?
In the case of infectious rhinitis, vaccination against influenza viruses, adenoviruses, measles, rubella, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, diphtheria, Bacillus anthracis, and Bordetella pertussis may even help prevent it.