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"What is allergic rhinitis?"

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When the doctor was diagnosing my partner (age 24) with allergies (we just moved to a new city - he had never had them before!) she said that he also had allergic rhinitis. What is this? I couldn't tell the difference between rhiniitis and allergies.


Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common conditions people seek medical advice for. The doctors who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you in greater detail include a primary care doctor. Allergic rhinitis is a type of allergy. Rhinitis refers to inflammation of the lining of the nose. Therefore allergic rhinitis is an allergy that causes inflammation of the nose lining. The symptoms include nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, and sneezing. The allergic part comes in because the inflammation is due usually to a hypersensitivity reaction to something in the environment - mold, pollen, cockroach or mice droppings, and mites are common offenders. The treatment of allergic rhinitis is usually straight forward. It includes keeping the home environment clean of the offending agents, using nasal saline irrigation, and antihistamines and / or nasal steroid sprays as prescribed by your doctor. People who suffer from allergic rhinitis are also at higher risk of having eczema and asthma. As always the diagnosis and the management of any particular condition is best done after a physical examination by a personal physician. If your partner's symptoms persist, setting up an office visit with his primary care doctor might be advised.

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