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What are allergies?

Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal or perennial. Seasonal allergies occur during the spring and fall months in response to outdoor allergens, such as pollen or airborne mold spores. Perennial allergies cause symptoms year-round and can occur in response to indoor substances. The most common triggers associated with allergic rhinitis include:

  • Pollens from grass, trees and weeds
  • Cigarette smoke, perfume or exhaust
  • Dust mites and mold
  • Pet hair or dander

Symptoms of Allergies

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes, skin and mouth
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Sore, scratchy throat
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Watery eyes

Treatment options for allergic rhinitis

There are a number of treatment options available for allergic rhinitis, including medications, home remedies and alternative solutions:

Medications. Antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays are all examples of medications that are often used to treat allergic rhinitis. Antihistamines relieve allergy symptoms by stopping your body from producing histamine. Decongestants can be used for a short period of time to improve a stuffy nose and sinus pressure. Eye drops and nasal drops can temporarily address itchiness and other allergy-related symptoms.

Home remedies. Many SFENTA patients are able to find relief from their allergies through home remedies. For example, if seasonal substances trigger your symptoms, you may want to keep your windows and doors closed during allergy season, and instead run an air conditioner with a filter designed specifically for people with allergies. Or, if you are bothered by dust mites, washing your sheets and blankets frequently and limiting carpet can help.

Alternative medicine. In some cases, alternative treatment solutions can complement home remedies and traditional medications with extremely successful results. For example, acupuncture and nasal saline irrigation are two alternative approaches that have helped many SFENTA patients find relief from their allergic rhinitis symptoms.

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How to prevent allergies

  • Avoid being outdoors when pollen counts are high
  • Do not exercise outdoors early in the morning
  • Shower immediately after spending time outdoors
  • Keep your windows and doors shut during allergy season
  • Bathe your dog frequently to minimize pet dander
  • Remove carpeting from your home if dust mites are a trigger

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