Nasal allergies—or allergic rhinitis--are very common. Some patients suffer from allergies only at certain times of the year (seasonal). Others can be affected all year round (perennial).
Nasal allergies usually cause nasal tissue to swell causing air passages to become narrower making the nose feel stuffed up. The nose may also make extra mucus, which can plug the nasal passages or drip out of the nose or down the back of the throat (postnasal drip).
A nasal allergy is a reaction to a substance called an allergen including:
Learn more about nasal allergies.
Other health problems can cause symptoms like those of nasal allergies. These include:
Each individual experiences symptoms differently, and symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your otolaryngologist for diagnosis and treatment.
Your otolaryngologist will diagnose your condition based on your symptoms and physical examination as well as specific testing for allergies.
Learn more about diagnostic testing for allergies.
Effective treatment for nasal allergies includes:
You will receive a thorough diagnostic examination to evaluate if you have nasal allergies and determine what course of treatment is needed. Careful monitoring and the involvement of an experienced otolaryngologist are important to the successful outcome for patients with ear, nose and throat disorders and conditions.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital provides a multidisciplinary approach to patient care by collaborating with colleagues who have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating ear, nose and throat disorders and conditions. In addition, patients have full access to BWH’s world-renowned academic medical community, with its diverse specialists, and state-of-the-art facilities.
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