What exactly is Allergic Rhinitis?
While it might sound fairly foreign to most of us, allergic rhinitis is one of the most common issues amongst both men and women, regardless of age and health standing. While the name does give it away somewhat according to the top allergy doctor Queens has to offer, Dr. Dwayne Rollins, while an allergen is an otherwise harmless substance that causes individuals to suffer what is known as an allergic reaction. Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is an allergic response to specific allergens. Pollen is the most common allergen in seasonal allergic rhinitis. These are allergy symptoms that occur with the change of seasons.
While allergies might seem to be a lot more common, in reality, nearly 8 percent of adults in the United States experience allergic rhinitis of some kind, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Between 10 and 30 percent of the worldwide population may also have allergic rhinitis. However, despite these statistics, anyone who has experienced another individual with allergies or even themselves, can attest to some of these more common symptoms, including:
· Runny Nose
· Sore, Itchy Throat
· Watery Eyes
· Dark Under-Eye Circles
And many more. According to Dr. Rollins, the top Allergy Doctor Queens has in practice, patients will usually feel one or more of these symptoms immediately after coming into contact with an allergen. Some symptoms, such as recurrent headaches and fatigue, may only happen after long-term exposure to allergens. Fever isn’t a symptom of hay fever – as some people only experience such issues rarely, especially when they might be exposed to allergens in extra high quantities.
When it comes to patients suffering from allergic rhinitis, its important to know where exactly it might have stemmed from, as this provides you with a number of actions or things to avoid, as they will cause further, far more severe allergy issues. Some of the most common allergens include:
· Grass Pollen
· Dust Mites
· Animal or Pet Dander
· Cat or Dog Saliva
During certain times of the year, pollen can be especially problematic. Tree and flower pollens are more common in the spring. Grasses and weeds produce more pollen in the summer and fall.
One of the most important things for patients to understand about allergic rhinitis is that there is two distinct types of it, seasonal and perennial. According to Dr. Rollins, the top allergy doctor Queens has to offer, seasonal allergies usually occur during the spring and fall season and are typically in response to outdoor allergens like pollen. Perennial allergies can occur year-round, or at any time during the year in response to indoor substances, like dust mites and pet dander. Of course, another issue that you must be aware of is that while allergies can affect anyone, there are risk factors that make you more susceptible, and therefore you should take ever further precautions against such issues. For instance, having asthma or atopic eczema are two issues that will drastically increase your risk of allergic rhinitis. Other factors might include:
· Cold Temperatures
· Perfumes & Colognes
For more information on allergy issues, or to make an appointment with Dr. Rollins, be sure to contact our office today.