Answering Common Questions About Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis affects tens of millions of Americans. It’s commonly called hay fever, and it often develops in the spring, summer, and fall in response to various pollens or airborne mold spores. Exposure to these allergens triggers the inflammation of the mucous membranes, which results in symptoms that affect the nose, throat, and eyes. Allergic rhinitis can be frustrating. Consider talking to an allergy doctor about your treatment options.
Is it possible to have hay fever all year?
Yes, allergic rhinitis can be both seasonal and perennial. If you have symptoms all year-round, it’s possible that your allergy may be triggered by pet dander, mold spores, cockroaches, or dust mites.
Can allergic rhinitis cause fatigue?
Hay fever sufferers often report fatigue. When your nose is stuffy or runny, it can be tough to breathe normally. This can cause problems falling asleep, which leads to daytime sleepiness. Because of this, and because of the emotional toll of dealing with symptoms for a long period of time, some patients may also report the following:
- Problems with memory retention
- Missed time at work or school
- Decreased concentration
- Impaired decision making
What should I do if over-the-counter medication isn’t enough?
You shouldn’t have to suffer with your symptoms. Get control of your health with help from a board-certified allergist. After discussing the medications you’ve already tried, which likely include decongestants and antihistamines, your allergy specialist might recommend prescription-strength antihistamines or immunotherapy. Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, can be effective for long-term control of hay fever.
Can pollen affect me when I’m indoors?
Pollen can trigger your symptoms both indoors and outdoors. When you’re indoors, you can limit your exposure by closing the windows and using a clean, mold-free air conditioner instead. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. When you come inside, change your clothes, as they can harbor pollen. If possible, take a shower and wash your hair to remove pollen.
Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ proudly serves allergy sufferers throughout Collegeville, Philadelphia, Pottstown, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Blue Bell, Lansdale, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In fact, most of our patients have allergic rhinitis, which means we are highly attuned to the needs and challenges of these individuals. Call us today at 1(800)86-COUGH or schedule an appointment with an allergy specialist by visiting AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.