About Allergic Rhinitis
Otherwise known as hay fever or allergies, allergic rhinitis is a condition involving an overreaction of the immune system to certain particles in the air, or allergens. As you breathe in the allergens, the immune system mistakenly identifies them as dangerous to the body, and attacks them with an immune response.
Allergies are relatively common. Approximately 10% to 30% of Americans are affected by rhinitis. Some are seasonal, meaning that the patient only experiences the allergies during certain times of the year, namely spring and fall. If the individual is allergic to pollen or certain foliage, they will notice symptoms when those plants are in bloom. Other people have allergies year-round. Our team at miVIP can help reduce your allergy symptoms.
Causes of Allergic Rhinitis
Allergies are caused by specific allergens, which are particles that the body has marked as dangerous. These are unique to every individual. Some of the most common allergens include:
- Pollen from grasses, weeds, trees and plants
- Animal dander
- Dust mites
Common Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are similar in most cases, and include the following:
- Excessive Sneezing: Allergies tend to irritate the nose, causing the individual to sneeze and itch.
- Runny Nose: Often caused by excessive histamine production.
- Postnasal Drip: Occurs when mucus from a runny nose drains down the back of the throat.
- Itchy and Watery Eyes: Histamine production is also responsible for causing itchy and watery eyes.
Treating Allergic Rhinitis
The treatment of your allergies will depend on the type of allergen you are having a reaction to, as well as your personal response to the treatment. While one treatment option may work for one patient, it may not work for the next. Your physician may try several treatment options before they find the perfect solution for your allergic rhinitis. Some common treatments include:
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications: These medications are good for treating allergic symptoms, including runny noses and itchy, watery eyes. They come in multiple dosage forms, including oral tablets, capsules, eye drops, syrups and nasal sprays. Common allergy medications include anti-histamines, decongestants and corticosteroids.
- Immunotherapy: Commonly referred to as allergy shots, injections of minute amounts of allergen are used to desensitize the body to the allergen itself.
- KTP-532 Laser Treatment: You can finally experience relief from rhinitis with the KTP-532 Laser Treatment, which gives our surgeons an amazing level of precision.
If your condition is chronic, and you are unable to find relief from any of the traditional treatment options, your physician may choose to perform a minimally-invasive surgical technique in order to clear up your condition.
Call our Surgeons at miVIP!
The professionals at miVIP are experts at diagnosing and treating your allergies. Call us today at 855-496-4847 to schedule an appointment with our caring and experienced physicians. With our state-of-the-art techniques and therapies, you will finally find relief from your allergies.