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Nasal Allergies

NASAL ALLERGIES (Rhinitis) can take three forms:

Seasonal – Seasonal allergic rhinitis—especially when caused by plant pollens or molds—is often called “hay fever.” But seasonal rhinitis is not caused by hay, and when you have it, you don’t have a fever. It occurs mostly in the spring, summer or early fall when plants are pollinating.

Year-round – Over two-thirds of people with rhinitis suffer “perennial allergic rhinitis” year-round. This is often caused by an allergy to dust mites, pet dander, mold or other indoor allergens. Foods also sometimes cause perennial rhinitis.

Non-allergic rhinitis – People with non-allergic rhinitis tend to have symptoms that come and go throughout the year. Usually, symptoms are a stuffy and runny nose and postnasal drip. This type of rhinitis can be caused by:

  • Exposure to smoke, smog and air pollution
  • Overuse of nasal drops or sprays
  • Some medicines
  • Hormonal changes in women during menstruation and pregnancy

This information has been provided by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology