Seasonal allergies, also known as seasonal rhinitis, is a common ailment around the nation at this time of year. Many people who visit their doctor complaining of a runny nose and stuffy head will come away with a prescription for an antihistamine, along with instructions on how to reduce their exposure to those problem pathogens.
But as this article describes, other ailments can easily mimic the symptoms of rhinitis, leading to a cycle of ineffectual treatment that can last for many years. The case study involves a woman who underwent extensive treatment for allergies—only to discover she had nasal polyps:
Two steroids did little to shrink the growths. King bit the bullet and had surgery — a six-hour procedure to remove the clusters of polyps that were completely filling her nasal passages.
“My congestion and the asthma I was diagnosed with disappeared. Now I just do nasal rinse and take Allegra for allergies. My garage is no longer filled with Sam’s Club-size tissue boxes. And I can breathe.”