Allergic Rhinitis

What is it?

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Allergies, including allergic rhinitis, affect an estimated 40 million to 50 million people in the United States. Some allergies may interfere with day-to-day activities or lessen the quality of life.  Rhinitis is a term describing the symptoms produced by nasal irritation or inflammation. Symptoms of rhinitis are due to blockage or congestion.

Rhinitis Symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Itching
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose due to blockage or congestion

These symptoms are the nose’s natural response to inflammation and irritation. They are often associated with itchy eyes.

The nose normally produces mucus to trap substances (like dust, pollen and pollution) and germs (bacteria and viruses). Mucus flows from the front of the nose and drains down the back of the throat. When too much mucus is made, it can cause a runny nose from the front or post-nasal drip from the back. Coughing is the natural response to clearing the throat from post-nasal drip.

Itching, sneezing, and other symptoms can be responses to:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Chemical exposures including cigarette smoke
  • Temperature changes
  • Infections
  • Other factors

In most people, nasal congestion moves from one side of the nose to the other over the course of several hours. Some people may notice this nasal cycle more than others, especially if their nasal passages are narrow. Strenuous exercise or changes in head position can affect nasal congestion. Severe congestion can result in facial pressure and pain, as well as dark circles under the eyes.

Diagnostic Testing

We offer several forms of testing for Allergic Rhinitis, including skin prick testing, intradermal testing, and blood testing. Contact Advanced Allergy & Asthma today to schedule an appointment.


When no specific cure is available for your chronic rhinitis, options include avoiding or decreasing exposure to irritants or allergens as best as you can and taking medications for symptom relief. Once allergic rhinitis is diagnosed, treatment options include avoidance, medication and immunotherapy (allergy shots).

Our board-certified allergist can pinpoint the allergens causing your symptoms and offer treatment options that not only manage symptoms, but potentially stop them all together!


We’d love to meet with you to address your allergy concerns.



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