Nasal allergies are extremely common. The medical term for nasal allergies is allergic rhinitis.
Nasal allergies can be seasonal, such as when certain pollens are in the air, or they can happen anytime when you are exposed to a particular allergen you are allergic to.
Nasal Allergy Symptoms
If you have nasal allergies you are certainly very familiar with the itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose that accompanies this malady.
It can feel a lot like you are developing a cold. They nasal symptoms and post nasal drip can lead to fits of coughing and a sore throat.
Nasal allergy attacks happen when you are exposed to a substance you are allergic to.
The symptoms are the body’s response to the allergen and that is called an allergic reaction.
The release of histamine and other mediators are responsible for the symptoms you experience. This is why many times you are prescribed an antihistamine drug to combat the symptoms.
The release of histamine can be caused by pollen, animal dander, dust mites, etc.
Your doctor will do a history and physical and decide on the proper way to arrive at a diagnosis.
Some of the questions you may be asked by your doctor include such things as do the symptoms occur at a particular time of year. They may also ask you about family history, etc.
Sometimes your doctor will send you to an allergy specialist to confirm the diagnosis. The allergy specialist may be able to treat you with immunotherapy so you can live without the nasal allergy symptoms.
The most effective allergy treatment is to avoid the allergens that bring on the symptoms. If you are allergic to certain pollens you should avoid spending too much time outside when the pollen count is high.
If you have allergies to pet dander avoiding exposure to the particular animal you are allergic to is an option. But we all know if you are allergic to the dander from your dog you aren’t going to get rid of it. Instead, you need to be sure and clean more often to remove dander and pet hair from carpets. It’s also a good idea to ban the pet from sleeping in bed with you if you are allergic.
Finally, it’s important to see your doctor and work with them to create a plan to treat your nasal allergies. It’s no fun living with nasal allergies and the symptoms that go along with them. Working with your doctor you can devise a plan that works for you so you can get on with your life without constant symptoms from nasal allergies.