Allergic rhinitis

Common Name(s)

Allergic rhinitis, Hay fever

Hay fever, contrary to its name, is not a fever caused by hay, but is actually an exaggerated allergic reaction to outdoor or indoor allergens. When the immune system of a person with hay fever is exposed to an allergen, it overreacts by releasing chemicals in the blood. This reaction is what causes the symptoms of hay fever, including runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, nasal congestion, cough, sneezing, and decreased sense of smell and taste. There are two types of hay fever: seasonal and perennial. Seasonal hay fever occurs only during the time of year when plants are pollinating. People with seasonal hay fever are usually allergic to pollen and spores. Perennial hay fever occurs all year long and is usually caused by allergens that are found indoors, including pet dander and mold.

Risk factors for developing hay fever include living or working in an environment that involves exposure to allergens, having other allergies, having asthma, and having a family history of allergies or asthma. To diagnose hay fever, a doctor may need to perform specific tests, including a skin prick test or allergy blood test. A skin prick test looks for signs of an allergic reaction to an allergen on the skin. An allergy blood test measures the body’s immune system response to a specific allergen.

Hay fever cannot be prevented. If you have hay fever, you can reduce your risk for symptoms by avoiding exposure to allergens that cause an allergic reaction, keeping doors closed during pollen season, using air conditioning, avoiding outdoor activity during dry and windy days, bathing pets and keeping your house free of dust and mold. Over-the-counter medications can help prevent or reduce symptoms. For more bothersome or severe symptoms, prescription medications, allergy shots or a nasal rinse may be necessary. If you are diagnosed with hay fever, talk to you doctor to discuss the best treatment plan for you.

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Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, community outreach, advocacy and research. AANMA facilitates communication of quality information among patients, parents, physicians, community members, government and private industry through accurate guidance and clearly written resources on asthma and allergies, provided through its website, aanma.org, published reports, position statements, quarterly magazine, Allergy & Asthma Today, and monthly newsletter, The MA Report.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, community outreach, advocacy and research. AANMA facilitates communication of quality information among patients, parents, physicians, community members, government and private industry through accurate guidance and clearly written resources on asthma and allergies, provided through its website, aanma.org, published reports, position statements, quarterly magazine, Allergy & Asthma Today, and monthly newsletter, The MA Report.

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Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Allergic rhinitis" returned 834 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Socheongryong-tang for improving nasal symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis: A study protocol for a randomized, open-label, cetirizine controlled, clinical trial.
 

Author(s): Young-Eun Kim, Mi Ju Son, So Young Jung, Ojin Kwon, Jun-Hwan Lee, Dong-Hyo Lee

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(34):e11812.

 

Socheongryong-tang (SCRT) is an herbal medicine with anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties, commonly used in East Asian countries to reduce rhinitis symptoms. There have been several clinical studies of its effects on allergic rhinitis (AR), but no trials comparing it with ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Sublingual immunotherapy for treating adult patients with allergic rhinitis induced by house dust mite among Chinese Han population: A retrospective study.
 

Author(s): Miao Han, Yan Chen, Mi Wang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jul;97(30):e11705.

 

The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for treating adult patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) induced by house dust mite (HDM) among Chinese Han population.A total of 201 adult patients with AR induced ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Qingfeijianpi therapy for persistent allergic rhinitis: A randomized, positive-controlled clinical trial.
 

Author(s): Jing Qu, Chang Liu, Hai-Hong Lian, Xiang-Dong Wang, Nan Zhi

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jun;97(23):e10961.

 

This study aims to investigate the effectiveness and safety of Qingfeijianpi therapy for persistent allergic rhinitis (AR).A total of 101 patients with persistent AR were included into the study. These patients were randomly divided into 2 groups: treatment group, in which patients ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Allergic rhinitis" returned 116 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Potential effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine Yu ping feng san for adult allergic rhinitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
 

Author(s): Qiulan Luo, Claire Shuiqing Zhang, Lihong Yang, Anthony Lin Zhang, Xinfeng Guo, Charlie Changli Xue, Chuanjian Lu

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Chinese herbal medicine formula Yu ping feng san (YPFS) is commonly used for allergic rhinitis (AR). Previous review had summarized the effectiveness and safety of YPFS, however without any subgroup analysis performed to provide detailed evidence for guiding clinical practice. YPFS ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Management of Allergic Rhinitis: A Review for the Community Pharmacist.
 

Author(s): J Russell May, William K Dolen

Journal: Clin Ther. 2017 Dec;39(12):2410-2419.

 

Allergic rhinitis is a highly prevalent disease affecting the quality of life of millions of North Americans. The management of allergic rhinitis includes allergen avoidance, pharmacotherapy, and immunotherapy. Current pharmacologic options include oral and intranasal antihistamines, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Specific immunotherapy in allergic rhinitis.
 

Author(s): G Mortuaire, J Michel, J F Papon, O Malard, D Ebbo, L Crampette, R Jankowski, A Coste, E Serrano

Journal: Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Dis. 2017 Sep;134(4):253-258.

 

Allergic rhinitis is a common condition, with significant impact on quality of life depending on severity and quality of control. Allergen-specific immunotherapy (allergen-SIT) is the only known treatment able to alter the natural course of allergic rhinitis. Although well known to ...

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Validation of an Allergic Rhinitis Control Test in Children
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Allergic Rhinitis

 

Last Updated: 2 Nov 2017

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Efficacy and Safety of So-Cheong-Ryong-Tang on Perennial Allergic Rhinitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

 

Last Updated: 12 Mar 2017

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