In individuals with allergic rhinitis, the nasal passages are much more sensitive to environmental irritants or allergic triggers. Symptoms may be seasonal (especially in the spring and/or fall) or continuous (perennial). Allergic rhinitis is also known as "hay fever." The diagnosis of allergic rhinitis is based on the clinical presentation and positive allergy skin tests (especially to house dust, animal danders, or pollen). In patients with more constant or long-term problems, sinus changes, nasal polyps, loss of sense of smell, and itchy red eyes may also be present.
This video discusses allergic rhinits. Watch it to learn more about signs, symptoms and what you can do to alleviate them.
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