Allergic Rhinitis Explained
I endeavor in this blog to bring you the most interesting news and ideas relating to the ear, nose and throat. Many days this work is slow-going, if pleasurable. But every once in a while, I am buoyed to discover a resource right here on the Web that does as good a job as one could hope explaining something I am asked about often. Today’s valuable find: this exhaustive discussion of allergic rhinitis.
Those of you who suffer from allergies, whether intermittently, seasonally, or “all day, every day, make it stop,” would be well-advised to read this simple explanation of what happens in the human body when allergies occur. My favorite part is this nice clip-n-save list of common causes for allergic rhinitis:
Common causes for Perennial Allergic Rhinitis (PAR) include:
- Indoor fungi
- Animal dandruff, the most important being cat’s. Dandruff from rodents, rabbits, dogs, and birds can cause rhinitis.
- Dust mites
- Other insects (esp. cockroach, gypsy moths, spiders, ladybugs and beetles)
Common causes for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) include:
- Tree pollens – symptoms in winter and spring
- Grass and weed pollens – symptoms in summer
- Ragweed – symptoms in late summer and autumn
Avoiding the causes of rhinitis is the best possible treatment, but more aggressive interventions are available if you can’t seem to shake that runny nose and histamine haze. At the Los Angeles Sinus Institute, we offer a number of medical and surgical options that can help you breathe more easily year-round. If you’ve read the article and want to know what’s next, I invite you to contact my sinus practice here today.