Allergic rhinitis or nasal allergy is an inflammatory reaction to animal hair, pollens, house dust mites, mold and pollution. Often mistaken as common cold due to similar symptoms, it causes sneezing and nasal congestion.
Allergic rhinitis or nasal allergy is an inflammatory reaction to animal hair, pollens, house dust mites, mold and pollution. Often mistaken as common cold due to similar symptoms, it causes sneezing and nasal congestion. There is no permanent treatment for allergies but you can find relief for your allergy symptoms. If not treated in time they can get worse overtime.
Here are 5 nasal allergy symptoms that you should not ignore:
Sneezing occurs when an allergen enters the nasal cavity and releases histamine. It can really be bothersome and interferes with your daily life. If the sneezing is caused due to an infection you must cover your mouth to avoid spreading the pathogens. If there is severe sneezing you must consult a doctor or try over-the-counter medicine.
Watery/itchy eyes is also a symptom connected to nasal allergy and occurs as a result of release of histamine. They cause redness and swelling of the eye. Although they can be bothering but eye symptoms usually don’t turn into some serious eye or vision problem. If the symptoms are uncontrollable and persist for a long time, you must seek medical help.
It’s a common symptom of nasal allergy and usually the first one. You must find out what’s triggering the allergy and try to avoid the triggers. If you can’t find the allergy triggers, seek an allergist who will help you identify it.
Sinuses are small cavities behind your cheeks, forehead and eyes. If you feel pressure or pain in these areas, it is due to mucus that has built up in these areas because of allergy. Try applying a warm and moist cloth over it or saline nasal spray to get relief from the pain. If it still persists, it’s time to see a doctor.
There is a thin mucus layer that lines the cavity to moisten the tissues and trap harmful pathogens and foreign bodies. Usually we swallow the mucus without even knowing it, but when the mucus becomes thick or if you have more mucus than normal, it’s a sign of an allergy and it results in post nasal drip. This is when you feel it dripping down the back of your throat leading to pain and irritation in the throat. Seek medical help if you don’t get relief within few days.
Although the best treatment for nasal allergy is to avoid pollens and other allergens triggering your symptoms. If your symptoms persist for more than a week, you must seek medical help.