Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
Many people are affected by seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. It causes cold-like symptoms, including runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, occurs when your immune system attacks a harmless substance, such as pollen. It is most often caused by pollen in the air, which varies by season and location. Allergic rhinitis can also be triggered by common indoor allergens such as the pet dander, mold, droppings from dust mites, and cockroach particles.
In addition to allergen triggers, symptoms may also occur from irritants such as smoke and strong odors, or to changes in the temperature and humidity of the air. This happens because allergic rhinitis causes inflammation in the nasal lining, which increases sensitivity to inhalants.
Nasal congestion can be caused by many different issues, from allergies to sinus problems to the common cold. When an immune system response causes the symptom, it is considered to be allergy-related. An allergist can help you determine the cause of your nasal congestion so you can feel better faster.
Snoring occurs when breathing is partially obstructed during sleep. As many as 50 percent of adults experience snoring at some time. Many factors, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight, can lead to snoring.
Non-Allergic Rhinitis (Reactive/Sensitive Nose)
About 33 percent of people with rhinitis symptoms do not have allergies. Nonallergic rhinitis usually afflicts adults and causes year-round symptoms, especially runny nose and nasal congestion. This condition differs from allergic rhinitis because the immune system is not involved. Our experts can help you determine the cause of your rhinitis symptoms so you can treat the cause.