WHAT IS ALLERGIC RHINITIS
Allergic rhinitis is defined clinically by the symptoms caused by immunologically mediated (most often IgE-dependent) inflammation after the exposure of the nasal mucous membranes to offending allergens.
The problem with allergies such as Hay fever and Allergic Rhinitis is that it is considered to be a trivial and inconsequential disease. Symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes and nose with sneezing and blockage are obviously not life threatening, but affect up to 25% of the population and are the cause of significant disability and cost to society. Patients may also experience fatigue, irritability, as well as mood, cognitive and sleep disturbance in addition to the nasal, ocular and throat symptoms. Allergic rhinitis has important co-morbid associations such as chronic sinusitis, glue ear, asthma exacerbations, nasal polyps, sleep apnoea and dental malocclusion.
SYMPTOMS OF WHAT IS ALLERGIC RHINITIS
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include
- nasal obstruction or blockage
- nasal itching, sneezing
- postnasal drip that reverse spontaneously or after treatment.
- Allergic conjunctivitis often accompanies allergic rhinitis.