Allergic Rhinitis (nasal allergies) is the medical term describing irritation and inflammation of the nose. It affects more than 50 million people and ranks as one of the most common illnesses in the United States. Many people are unaware that they are suffering from allergic rhinitis, most commonly known as “hay fever.”
Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis include nasal congestion (stuffy nose); runny nose; sneezing; postnasal drainage; itchy eyes, ears, nose or throat; watery eyes; and generalized fatigue. Sinus headache and ear plugging are also common.
Our clinic provides a comprehensive evaluation for adults and children to detect allergic rhinitis. Skin testing, also known as “scratch testing” and “prick testing” is the most common method of allergy testing. Testing can be done for a large number of allergens including tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen, dust mites, indoor and outdoor molds, dogs, cats, horses and other animals.
In some individuals who cannot undergo skin testing, RAST blood testing may be helpful.
The goal of treatment is to reduce the allergy symptoms. Our treatment plan consists of avoidance or minimization of contact with the allergen, allergy medications and/or Immunotherapy (allergy shots).