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Rhinitis, allergic

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Introduction
Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergen, such as pollen, dust, mould or certain animal danders.
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis often causes cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose. Symptoms often begin soon after exposure to an allergen.
Causes of allergic rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis is caused by an allergic reaction to an allergen, such as pollen, dust and certain animals.
Diagnosing allergic rhinitis
Identifying the allergen that causes allergic rhinitis and, if possible, avoiding it is an important first step in effectively managing the condition.
Treating allergic rhinitis
If your allergic rhinitis symptoms are mild, simple self care treatments can be used. Visit your GP if your symptoms are severe and are affecting your quality of life.
Complications of allergic rhinitis
Nasal polyps and sinusitis are the two main complications of allergic rhinitis.
Preventing allergic rhinitis
The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen that causes it.
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