Family Allergy & Asthma Center
Allergists & Immunologists located in Beaumont, TX
As many as 30% of adults and 40% of children in the United States are affected by the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. If chronic sneezing and itchy, watery eyes are interfering with your life, experienced allergist Russell K. Perry, MD, and the team at Family Allergy & Asthma Center in Beaumont, Texas, can help. You can receive on-site allergy testing to discover your allergy triggers, and the medical staff offers comprehensive treatment to enhance your quality of life. Schedule a consultation for allergic rhinitis today by calling the office or by booking an appointment online now.
Allergic Rhinitis Q & A
What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis, often called hay fever, is a condition triggered by an allergic reaction to substances in the environment. When exposed to certain stimuli, you develop a variety of symptoms similar to the common cold.
The most common triggers of allergic rhinitis include:
- Animal dander
Changes in the weather can also cause allergic rhinitis-related reactions.
What are the symptoms of allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis symptoms typically appear soon after your exposure to an allergen. The most common symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
When your symptoms of allergic rhinitis are moderate to severe, they can begin to disrupt your quality of life. Many with allergic rhinitis experience difficulties sleeping and concentrating. You might also feel frequently fatigued and irritable.
How is allergic rhinitis diagnosed?
The Family Allergy & Asthma Center medical team takes a diagnostic approach to treating allergic rhinitis. They offer on-site allergy testing to determine what triggers your allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Allergy testing involves pricking your skin with specific allergens to determine how your body reacts. By identifying your triggers, your provider can treat you more effectively.
The team also takes the time to review your medical history, your family history, and existing health to create the right treatment plan. You can also expect a physical exam to rule out possible underlying causes of your symptoms.
How is allergic rhinitis treated?
Treatment of your allergic rhinitis symptoms depends on your allergy triggers, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health.
In many cases, over-the-counter allergy medications can relieve existing symptoms or prevent them. You could benefit from medications like decongestants and antihistamines.
Your Family Allergy & Asthma Center provider can also provide prescription oral medications or nasal sprays if over-the-counter medicines aren’t enough.
For some, immunotherapy is the answer. This treatment exposes you to small amounts of allergens through regular injections. This exposure reduces your reaction to confirmed allergens.
If your quality of life is disrupted by chronic allergic rhinitis symptoms, schedule an allergy test today. You can call Family Allergy & Asthma Center today or request a consultation online now.