About Seasonal Rhinitis

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Rhinitis is one of the most common condition yearly and it affect almost 20% of the population which makes a person encounter rhinitis 2-3x a year. Rhinitis is a treatable condition and there are a number of treatments that are proven effective although there is no cure yet for this condition.

There are two types of rhinitis. One is seasonal rhinitis or what is commonly known as allergic rhinitis and the other one is perennial rhinitis which can occur any month of the year. Seasonal rhinitis or allergic rhinitis only occurs during specific months or during an attack caused by a trigger like an allergen. Another term for seasonal allergic rhinitis is hay fever.

Hay fever is caused by inhaling airborne pollens from grass, trees, weeds and mold spores. Whenever you come in contact with this pollen, your body produces antibodies to help you fight against infection, in this case your body believes that these pollens are harmful, thus the production of certain chemicals and one of the chemicals is histamine which triggers hay fever. Remember the various season of the year when these pollens are active:

Grass pollen – May up to August,

Tree pollen – April or May

Weed pollen – months of June or July up to November

Although the season that these pollens are active may differ depending on your location – it is best to remember the month when you need to be extra careful.

Seasonal Rhinitis symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Blockage in your nasal cavities
  • Increase production of mucus
  • Itching in facial areas like the eyes, throat and the nose
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sore throat

These are the common symptoms that show whenever allergic rhinitis occurs. The symptoms may last a week to 2 weeks but if the symptoms last longer than that – then you need to consult your doctor to get proper medication and treatment for your rhinitis.

There are various medications that will help treat seasonal rhinitis. Some of these treatments can be done in the convenience of your home, but some medications needs proper approval from your doctor.

  • Medication – a number of medication are available for one to purchase. There are off the counter drugs available in pharmacies and drug stores and there are a few that needs the prescription of your physician. Before trying anything, it is best to consult first from your doctor to avoid complication and aggravating the condition making it worse than when it started. Always follow the prescription and the instruction included with the medication and if you have any question – it is best to ask your doctor regarding the matter.
  • Decongestants – best to use for treating sneezing and the blockage caused by rhinitis although it may not treat the other symptoms. Always remember that some medication can cause other symptoms like drowsiness and headaches so it is best to ask your doctor for advice or any alternative medication that you can use.
  • Nasal Sprays – these are best to use for instant relief. There are various nasal sprays available and they are great in treating any symptoms but be aware that nasal sprays should only be used as indicated and sparingly since nasal sprays can often aggravate your rhinitis if you used it beyond prescribed by your doctor. Nasal sprays can actually cause blockage in your nose which is why it is advice that you use it once in a while.
  • Humidifier – since hay fever is often caused by allergens that are airborne, your best solution is to purchase a humidifier that can keep the air inside the house clean and moist. Humidifiers are great for filtering the air that you breathe providing you with a great chance of not encountering hay fever in the first place.

It is okay to self medicate and try various treatments that you deem needed but if your condition lasts longer than expected, go to your doctor and get proper medical help.

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