Allergic rhinitis

Common Name(s)

Allergic rhinitis, Hay fever

Hay fever, contrary to its name, is not a fever caused by hay, but is actually an exaggerated allergic reaction to outdoor or indoor allergens. When the immune system of a person with hay fever is exposed to an allergen, it overreacts by releasing chemicals in the blood. This reaction is what causes the symptoms of hay fever, including runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, nasal congestion, cough, sneezing, and decreased sense of smell and taste. There are two types of hay fever: seasonal and perennial. Seasonal hay fever occurs only during the time of year when plants are pollinating. People with seasonal hay fever are usually allergic to pollen and spores. Perennial hay fever occurs all year long and is usually caused by allergens that are found indoors, including pet dander and mold.

Risk factors for developing hay fever include living or working in an environment that involves exposure to allergens, having other allergies, having asthma, and having a family history of allergies or asthma. To diagnose hay fever, a doctor may need to perform specific tests, including a skin prick test or allergy blood test. A skin prick test looks for signs of an allergic reaction to an allergen on the skin. An allergy blood test measures the body’s immune system response to a specific allergen.

Hay fever cannot be prevented. If you have hay fever, you can reduce your risk for symptoms by avoiding exposure to allergens that cause an allergic reaction, keeping doors closed during pollen season, using air conditioning, avoiding outdoor activity during dry and windy days, bathing pets and keeping your house free of dust and mold. Over-the-counter medications can help prevent or reduce symptoms. For more bothersome or severe symptoms, prescription medications, allergy shots or a nasal rinse may be necessary. If you are diagnosed with hay fever, talk to you doctor to discuss the best treatment plan for you.

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Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, community outreach, advocacy and research. AANMA facilitates communication of quality information among patients, parents, physicians, community members, government and private industry through accurate guidance and clearly written resources on asthma and allergies, provided through its website, aanma.org, published reports, position statements, quarterly magazine, Allergy & Asthma Today, and monthly newsletter, The MA Report.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, community outreach, advocacy and research. AANMA facilitates communication of quality information among patients, parents, physicians, community members, government and private industry through accurate guidance and clearly written resources on asthma and allergies, provided through its website, aanma.org, published reports, position statements, quarterly magazine, Allergy & Asthma Today, and monthly newsletter, The MA Report.

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Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Allergic rhinitis" returned 823 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Seasonal Local Allergic Rhinitis in Areas With High Concentrations of Grass Pollen.
 

Author(s): N Blanca-Lopez, P Campo, M Salas, C García Rodríguez, F Palomares, M Blanca, G Canto, F Feo Brito, C Rondon

Journal: J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2016 ;26(2):83-91.

 

Local allergic rhinitis (LAR) is a phenotype of allergic rhinitis characterized by the presence of a localized immune response in the nasal mucosa of patients with negative skin prick test (SPT) results and undetectable serum specific IgE (sIgE). It unknown whether LAR is limited ...

Last Updated: 11 May 2016

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Is Allergic Rhinitis a Factor That Affects Success of Tympanoplasty?
 

Author(s): Elif Ersoy Callioglu, A Sami Bercin, Hayati Kale, Togay Muderris, Sule Demirci, Arzu Tuzuner, M Hakan Korkmaz

Journal: Acta Medica (Hradec Kralove). 2016 ;59(1):10-3.

 

The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of allergic rhinitis on the success of the operation in chronic otitis surgery by using score for allergic rhinitis (SFAR).

Last Updated: 1 May 2016

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The complex link of the environment on allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis.
 

Author(s): Kiat Ruxrungtham

Journal: Asian Pac. J. Allergy Immunol.. 2016 Mar;34(1):1-2.

 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2016

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The terms "Allergic rhinitis" returned 121 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Clinical Question: Nasal saline or intranasal corticosteroids to treat allergic rhinitis in children.
 

Author(s): Stefani Madison, Elizabeth Aubrey Brown, Rachel Franklin, Elizabeth A Wickersham, Laine H McCarthy

Journal: J Okla State Med Assoc. ;109(4-5):152-3.

 

In pediatric populations, is nasal saline irrigation as effective as intranasal corticosteroids at relieving allergic rhinitis symptoms?

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2016

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Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Daily Headaches: Is There a Link?
 

Author(s): Anna Gryglas

Journal: Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 Apr;16(4):33.

 

Allergic rhinitis and migraine remain on the list of the most common diseases affecting adults. Migraines and headaches due to allergic rhinitis are easily confused because the symptoms of both conditions often overlap. Both may occur with sinus headache, nasal congestion, and lacrimation ...

Last Updated: 22 Feb 2016

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Effectiveness of moxibustion for allergic rhinitis: protocol for a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Sheng Chen, Shengnan Guo, Jun Wang, Eunhae Ha, Federico Marmori, Yanping Wang, Jiping Zhao

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The objective of this review is to systematically evaluate the effectiveness of moxibustion for treating allergic rhinitis (AR).

Last Updated: 20 May 2015

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Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of AGR Tablet as a Treatment of Perennial Allergic Rhinitis in Korean
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Allergic Rhinitis; Perennial Allergic Rhinitis; Non-seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

 

Last Updated: 18 Feb 2014

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Validation of an Allergic Rhinitis Control Test in Teenagers
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Allergic Rhinitis

 

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2016

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Effect of Hypertonic Solutions on Allergic Rhinitis Patients
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Allergic Rhinitis

 

Last Updated: 3 Sep 2014

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