Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis or hay fever is an inflammation of nasal membranes. It is developed before age 20 but may occur often as a person grows until adulthood. There are different risk factors connecting to allergic rhinitis such as family history of having this condition, exposure to indoor allergens namely animals and dust mites, higher socioeconomic class, and positive allergy skin prick test.

Pollens, dust mites, insect allergens, animal allergens and molds are five things that can activate this condition giving the following major symptoms:
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal Itching (nasal pruritus)
  • Rhinorrhea (condition of having a persistent mucus from the nasal cavity)
  • Nasal congestion

Some people experience hay fever when season changes. This type of rhinitis is called Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis and normally caused by pollens and mold. Pollens are dominant during mornings of spring until summer. Dry windy days can also contribute to the high count of pollens.

While others suffer from allergic rhinitis all year round. This type is called Perennial Allergic Rhinitis caused by molds, dust mites and animal allergens. With this type, keeping an animal inside the house or even in the backyard is not a good idea.

Signs and symptoms are not limited to the four things stated above. Children, young adults or even adults may also experience malaise, fatigue and irritability. Appearance of these symptoms can lead to loss of productivity due to absence from work or school. That is why treating the person without modifying the ability to function is vital.

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  1. I'm glad I don't have this and I pray that I won't. I already have sinusitis and I can't afford to have this too. Thanks for sharing the info.

    Ria C

  2. I like Spring but it brings a lot of allergies due to pollen. I did not know about the hay fever, thanks for sharing sis.

  3. Tsk, experiencing the first three symptoms. I'm worried but I am not having fever. I've been to our family doctor last week, I didn't bother to ask about for I thought it's just okay.

  4. Eto yung kumapit sa misis ko dati, because we lots of chicken in our backyard.

  5. ahhh, one of my maladies since childhood, and you're right, I have year round, which is highest in the morning, in college, I avoided classes that starts early in the morning, but thankfully unlike others, I never developed an immunity to Claritin and Flonase, my 2 best friends since I don't know when. I still respond very well to this two ( some of my friends no longer, I dunno why), but very thankfully, since I moved to US, I seldom need these medications, the bottle often expire before I could finish, so unlike when I was in PI, it was kind of expensive to maintain to be able to function well. But somehow, even here in US, once I visit a warm and humid place, it becomes terrible again, I guess, molds are higher in warm and humid places. I adapt so well in drier climate.

  6. the very reason i trash the idea of having a pet at home.

  7. awwww...I hate when we have this kind of allergy..every year! spring is definitely the allergy season...blame it to pollens!

  8. I used to have this when I was still studying and was exposed to chalk, dust. I am glad i am over with it, but also realized that my son has it now :(


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