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Allergic Rhinitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is swelling inside your nose caused by an allergen. An allergen can be anything that causes an allergic reaction. Allergies to weeds, grass, trees, or mold often cause seasonal allergic rhinitis. Indoor dust mites or pet dander can also cause allergic rhinitis.

What are the signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

How is allergic rhinitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine you. Tell the provider if you know which allergens trigger your symptoms. You may need any of the following:

How is allergic rhinitis treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage allergic rhinitis?

How can I prevent an allergic reaction?

The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid allergens as much as possible. Any of the following may help decrease your symptoms:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

You have any of the following signs or symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction:

When should I call my doctor?

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