What Is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic Rhinitis Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, refers to the allergic response that takes place after exposure to an allergen—a substance that may trigger an allergic reaction in certain individuals. Allergens can occur seasonally or in everyday life. A few common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Ragweed
  • Smoke
  • Air pollution

Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms

Allergic rhinitis symptoms can vary from person to person. Many people with allergic rhinitis experience one or more of the following:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Throat soreness or scratchiness
  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nose itchiness
  • Dark circles beneath the eyes
  • Skin abnormalities like hives, rashes, and itchiness

If you have a fever, it’s more likely that a cold or another viral infection is to blame for your symptoms instead of allergic rhinitis. Speak with a physician about your treatment options if any of these symptoms persist or impact your quality of life.

Treatment Options for Allergic Rhinitis

Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat in Wesley Chapel and Trinity, Florida, provides a full spectrum of specialized care to patients with allergic rhinitis. From allergy skin testing to treatment, our team of ENT doctors and allergy nurses do it all. We’re pleased to offer some of the most effective allergy solutions available, including sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) that are customized according to each patient’s specific allergens. Other options include medications to control symptoms, such as nasal corticosteroids and antihistamines.

Contact Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat to learn more about our approach to allergic rhinitis treatment and why so many local families choose us for care. Telemedicine and in-person appointments are available at our locations in Wesley Chapel and Trinity—give us a call today.