December 1, 2009

Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

Allergic rhinitis or hay fever occurs when the nasal linings become inflamed. This results in continuous nasal discharge, watering of the eyes, sneezing and itching in the eyes and nose. This is a very common condition affecting a very large number of people. Environmental irritants usually trigger allergic rhinitis. This can develop at any age and can occur in males and females. There is also a genetic factor involved in allergic rhinitis and it is likely that it may pass on from parent to child. The condition may be brought on by seasonal allergens such as grass, tree and ragweed pollen. Such pollen is dispersed by the wind and causes a reaction when it is inhaled.

Seasonal Rhinitis

There are also allergens that are present throughout the year which can cause this condition. These include cockroaches, dust mites, animal dander and molds. Mold spores commonly cause allergic rhinitis and grow in warm and moist environments. Animal allergens can also cause this condition. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis include persistent sneezing bouts, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchiness in the eyes, nose and throat, post-nasal drip and overall tiredness. There may also be coughing, wheezing and soreness in the throat. Blocked ears and sinusitis may also occur.

The best way to avoid attacks of hay fever is to stay away from the allergens that trigger the condition. Avoid places or things where these allergens may be present. If the cause is an animal allergen, then avoid keeping pets in the house. Dust usually triggers hay fever, and as such it is important to keep the home clean and free of dust. Refrain from going out to much when the pollen count tends to be high. The pollen counts generally increases in the mornings and late evening and so one must avoid going out during these times. There are over the counter anti-allergic medications available. These must however be avoided, if the individual also happens to suffer from asthma. If the exact trigger of the allergy is known, then immunotherapy shots can also be administered. Allergic rhinitis may be alleviated by taking a solution of boiled grapefruit and lemon mixed with some honey. The irritation occurring in the nose can be reduced by applying petroleum jelly along the insides of the nose. Inhaling the steam arising from boiling chamomile in water is also helpful in treating hay fever. A runny nose can be treated by inhaling the vapor from roasted and crushed caraway seeds. This remedy is known to bring positive results. Homeopathic treatments are also believed to be effective in treating allergic rhinitis.