Allergic Rhinitis ResourcesMidwest Allergy Sinus Asthma, SC
Commonly referred to as hay fever, allergic rhinitis occurs when the immune system overreacts to something normally considered harmless. Common triggers include pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and mold spores. Pollen can trigger seasonal symptoms, while other allergens may cause year-round symptoms.
The first step in treatment is proper diagnosis. Some patients with rhinitis symptoms do not have an allergy. Skin or blood testing can determine which allergens are affecting you, if any. Treatment may include avoiding allergens, medication, and/or desensitization, known as immunotherapy.
Medication selection is individualized to each patient, based on the symptoms that are most bothersome. Immunotherapy is also individualized to each patient, as a specific mix of allergens affecting that patient are used. For patients wanting to avoid allergy shots, desensitization can be achieved with sublingual dosing (drops under the tongue).
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