Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)
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Effective Treatment for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)
Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, is an allergic reaction to substances like pollen, dust and mold. As you breathe in the allergen, your nose suffers from inflammation. The result is typically a runny nose, sneezing and irritation.
The condition is often seasonal, and pollen is the most common allergy trigger. Hay fever sufferers in Atlanta can get relief by discussing their allergies with Dr. Chacko and finding the appropriate allergy treatment solution.
Hay Fever Treatment Options
Antihistamines can be an effective option for milder cases of hay fever. Over-the-counter medication may be successful in treating minor symptoms. For more acute cases, your allergist may prescribe stronger medication that is suited to your particular symptoms. Speak to your allergist to find the appropriate medication.
Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is a more long-term approach for severe and persistent cases. Immunotherapy involves receiving periodic shots of an allergen to build up your immunity and tolerance levels. Allergy shots are conducted under medical supervision to minimize the risk of an allergic reaction. This treatment is useful if your allergies last throughout the year.
Avoidance can be difficult with this type of allergy. Avoiding pollen, dust or mold in all circumstances might simply be impossible. However, when you understand the precise cause of your allergies you can better limit exposure to allergens. A consultation with an allergist can provide valuable information about your allergies and the environments you should avoid.
What Are the Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis?
The symptoms can appear to be similar to the common cold. With hay fever, symptoms usually last longer than with a cold – and they appear after exposure to an allergen. The main symptoms include the following.
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
Common Questions About Hay Fever
Is allergic rhinitis seasonal?
Pollen allergies are usually seasonal, but other allergens such as dust or pet dander can provide discomfort throughout the year.
How can I confirm the cause of my hay fever?
Speak to an allergist to discuss your symptoms. Dr. Chacko can perform allergy testing to find the precise cause of an allergy. A skin prick test or blood test is the usual method for safely testing for allergies.
What are the main causes of allergic rhinitis?
Pollen from trees and grass is a common cause of this allergy. You could also be allergic to weeds, dust mites, pet dander and mold.
Get Effective Treatment for Hay Fever
Are you experiencing persistent hay fever and want an effective solution? Dr. Chacko is an experienced allergist helping to reduce the effects of allergies for adults and children in Georgia. Make an appointment online at one of our allergy treatment centers in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call us today at 678-668-4688.