Allergic rhinitis is a group of symptoms affecting the nose. These symptoms occur when you breathe in something you are allergic to, such as dust, dander, insect venom, or pollen. What causes allergic rhinitis and how can you treat it? Keep reading.

Brooksville, Florida — September 13, 2012

An allergen is something that triggers an allergy. When a person with allergic rhinitis breathes in an allergen such as pollen or dust, the body releases chemicals that cause allergy symptoms. In other words, allergic rhinitis is caused by the immune system reacting to an allergen as if it were harmful. The immune system is the body's natural defence against infection and illness. If your immune system is overly sensitive, it will react by attacking allergens in the same way it attacks viruses and infections.

Allergic rhinitis is usually straightforward to diagnose based on your symptoms. A health care professional may examine the inside of your nose for fleshy swellings known as nasal polyps, which can result from allergic rhinitis. If, however, the exact cause of your allergic rhinitis is not certain, you may be referred for allergy testing.

Some of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis include: itchy nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin, or any area; problems with smell; runny nose; sneezing; tearing eyes; stuffy nose; coughing; clogged ears; dark circles under the eyes; fatigue; irritability; and headaches.

According to pharmaceutical company MCR American Pharmaceuticals, allergic rhinitis is not usually harmful but it can be irritating and it can affect your day-to-day life. Identifying the allergen and avoiding it is the first step in managing the condition. MCR American Pharmaceuticals explains that if your symptoms are mild, you should be able to treat them yourself by: + Taking over-the-counter medications: Such as MCR American Pharmaceuticals’ Congestinex PE, Super-Tuss PE, Super-Tuss PSE, Maxifed, Maxifed-G, and Maxiphen. Such medications help relieve congestion and a runny nose. + Nasal douching: Regularly rinsing your nasal passages with saline solution to keep your nose free of irritants.

In addition to the suggested treatment methods listed above, antihistamines work well for treating allergic rhinitis, they are often used when symptoms are infrequent and do not last very long. Decongestants are also an effective solution. Decongestants may be helpful for reducing symptoms such as nasal stuffiness and can help you breathe better. Lastly, MCR American Pharmaceuticals explains that allergy shots are sometimes recommended if you cannot avoid the allergen and your symptoms are hard to control.

Bottom line, allergic rhinitis is defined as inflammation of the nasal membranes and is characterized by any of the following symptoms: sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal itching, and coughing, fatigue, etc. The eyes, ears, sinuses, and throat can also be involved. Although not a life threatening condition, proper treatment measures should be taken.

More About MCR American Pharmaceuticals

Established in 1991, MCR American Pharmaceuticals’ products are marketed throughout the United States and sold directly to the general public as well as medical offices, wholesalers, distributors and local pharmacies. The company continues to manufacture effective, safe medications for most age groups.

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