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Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is where an allergy to something like pollen, dust or mould irritates your nose and causes cold-like symptoms.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose.

You can ease symptoms of allergic rhinitis with antihistamines and rinsing your nose with salt water. A GP can prescribe a steroid nasal spray.

Common allergies that cause allergic rhinitis include hay fever and allergies to mould, house dust mites and animals.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis typically causes cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose.

These symptoms usually start soon after being exposed to an allergen.

Some people only get allergic rhinitis for a few months at a time because they're sensitive to seasonal allergens, such as tree or grass pollen. Other people get allergic rhinitis all year round.

Most people with allergic rhinitis have mild symptoms that can be easily and effectively treated.

But for some people symptoms can be severe and persistent, causing sleep problems and interfering with everyday life.

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis occasionally improve with time, but this can take many years and it's unlikely that the condition will disappear completely.

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You can ease symptoms of allergic rhinitis with antihistamines and rinsing your nose with salt water. A GP can prescribe a steroid nasal spray.

Medical treatments

It's difficult to completely avoid potential allergens, but you can take steps to reduce exposure to a particular allergen you know or suspect is triggering your allergic rhinitis. This will help improve your symptoms.

If your condition is mild, you can also help reduce the symptoms by taking over-the-counter medications, such as non-sedating antihistamines, and by regularly rinsing your nasal passages with a salt water solution to keep your nose free of irritants.

See a GP for advice if you have tried taking these steps and they have not helped.

They may prescribe a stronger medication, such as a nasal spray containing corticosteroids.

Read more on the NHS website.

Common allergies that cause allergic rhinitis include hay fever and allergies to mould, house dust mites and animals.

Read more on the NHS website.