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Do you suffer from allergic rhinitis? Many people are struck down with this condition as the seasons change, but some are afflicted all year round. If you’ve just started experiencing allergic rhinitis, or you’re seeking alternate treatment options, Dr Ted Smith from Smith ENT explores common treatments.

What is allergic rhinitis?

More commonly referred to as hay fever, allergic rhinitis is experienced by millions of people worldwide. An allergen is a substance that is typically harmless but can cause reactions in certain people. The most common allergens are pollen, animal dander, and dust, and typically exhibit as reactions in the following ways:

  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, dry, or watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • A sore or irritated throat
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Rashes, or even eczema
  • Hives

Medicinal treatment

If you’re experiencing allergic rhinitis, there are several over-the-counter treatment options that you will be able to purchase without needing a prescription including topical corticosteroid spray (e.g. Nasonex), or antihistamines. Your local pharmacist will assist you in choosing the correct one for your needs, and based on your current health status or other medication you might be taking. To alleviate the discomfort of the symptoms you’re experiencing, you may also be recommended supplementary products like eye drops, or throat lozenges whilst the antihistamines or sprays are taking affect. You may also be advised to apply a topical treatment for skin conditions such as hives or eczema.

If you have severe allergies, more preventative measures may be required. These could be prescribed medicines such as tablets, injections, or topical treatments. Your ENT specialist will assess your condition and the intensity of your reactions and arrange your treatment accordingly.

Home remedies

Often used as a companion to medicated treatments, many people turn to home remedies to alleviate some of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. These remedies include consuming small amounts of honey and ginger, either eaten raw or brewed in teas, or inhaling the steam of hot water infused with eucalyptus to clear the airways. Alternatively, you might also consider purchasing a humidifier that will help filter the air in your home in order to maximise your comfort whilst sleeping or moving around the house during the day.

Make an appointment with Dr Ted Smith

Are you suffering from allergic rhinitis? Don’t struggle in silence any longer – make an appointment with Smith ENT and speak to a specialist. Dr Ted Smith works closely with each of his patients in order to return them to a better state of health and comfort.

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