Hay Fever

Hay Fever

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is characterized by symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, postnasal drip, cough, and/or itchy eyes. If you have allergic rhinitis, you might also experience frequent headaches or pressure behind your eyes and nose.
The common symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis include:
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny, itchy nose
  • Sinus pressure
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Throat, tongue, or facial swelling
  • Itchy ears
  • Hives
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
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Are you suffering from nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, postnasal drip, cough, and/or itchy eyes? Do you feel like you are not getting adequate relief from these symptoms with over-the-counter medications? Are you simply looking for a definitive cure, so you don’t have to take medications for the rest of your life? If so, contact our office for a consultation.

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Your Allergic Rhinitis Questions, Answered

What is allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?

Hay fever occurs when your immune system identifies a substance, like pollen, pet dander, or mold, as a harmful invader (allergen). That causes the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies –– proteins that fight infection. 

After your immune system releases the antibodies, they contact your cells and release chemicals, triggering an allergic reaction. Without treatment, allergic rhinitis can affect your quality of life and keep you from exercising or enjoying other activities. Fortunately, Dr. Shilian knows what it takes to provide lasting relief.

When should I see an allergist about allergic rhinitis?

Make an appointment at Allergy & Immunology Center Inc. if you develop symptoms of allergic rhinitis and they last for more than two weeks. That’s especially true if they don’t improve with over-the-counter medication or you have an underlying medical condition that increases the risk of complications, like nasal polyps or asthma.

How is hay fever diagnosed?

To diagnose hay fever, Dr. Shilian reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and performs a physical exam. He also orders several tests, including:

Skin prick test

A skin prick test exposes an area of your skin to several different allergens. If you’re allergic to a specific substance, a red welt (hive) will form.

Allergy blood test

An allergy blood test analyzes your blood for immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Higher than average levels of IgE antibodies indicate an allergic reaction.

How are allergies and allergic rhinitis treated?

Treatment of allergic rhinitis depends on various factors, including the severity of your symptoms and what you’re allergic to. Dr. Shilian usually recommends a combination of allergen avoidance and prescription medication. He might recommend:

  • Allergen avoidance
  • Nasal sprays
  • Oral medications
  • Eye drops
  • Allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy)
  • Emergency epinephrine (usually by EpiPen® or a similar product)

You might need a combination of allergy treatments to minimize or eliminate your symptoms. Dr. Shilian may recommend routine checkups to monitor the effects of treatment. Once you find a solution that works, you’ll breathe clearer, sleep better, and have more energy. 

To explore the treatment options for allergic rhinitis, make an appointment at Allergy & Immunology Center Inc. by calling the office or booking one online today. Telemedicine appointments are available. 

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