Allergic rhinitis, sometimes called 'hay fever', is an inflammation of the nasal airways. It occurs when you have a sensitized immune system and you inhale an allergen from trees, grass or flower pollen. When this happens, your body releases antibodies that cause inflammation via histamines and other chemicals in the body. These produce symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, excess mucous, and itchy, watery eyes. Although it is not completely known why some people develop allergies and others do not, there are many theories. Some believe that the overuse of antibiotics and being ultra-hygienic has diminished the power of our immune systems. Others blame genetics and the abundance of unnatural factors in the environment. Certain health issues that can be linked to allergies include eczema and asthma.
Your doctor may recommend antihistamines, corticosteroids, and/or decongestants, which all carry minor side effects. Yearly allergy shots are sometimes given to desensitize one to allergens.
Knowing your allergy triggers and avoiding them can be very helpful. Allergic rhinitis symptoms can be treated easily, but preventing them saves you the discomfort. Diet modification including supplements that have antihistamine effects are a good idea, and acupuncture and TCM treatments can help you strengthen your body's ability to withstand allergens.
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