Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic RhinitisWhat is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis happens when the nasal passages get inflamed. This condition is usually associated with feelings of itchiness in the eyes and nose. A watery nasal discharge is also evident when one is suffering from allergic rhinitis.

This is one of the most common chronic illnesses that affect individuals all over Europe. In fact, most people manifest symptoms of allergic rhinitis before they even reach the age of 30. This does not however prevent the onset of such illness for people over 30. This has no sexual predilection although before the age of 10, boys are more likely to suffer from such than girls. Genes however, play strongly on a person’s inclination on acquiring such illness. If one parent had a history of rhinitis, then his or her offspring has a 30% chance of getting the illness as well. If both parents had the condition, then the probability increases to 50%.

Individual daily activities are most likely to be affected when one suffers from allergic rhinitis. In children, they are usually hampered from attending classes in school while adults are most likely to be taken away from their work when the allergy sets in.


What Causes Allergic Rhinitis?

Here are some of the most common causes of allergic rhinitis:

  • Pollens. These pollens that come from grass, trees, weeds, and even flowers have been known to trigger allergic reactions.
  • Dust mites. These are tiny insects that thrive on moist areas like mattresses and sofas. However, these microscopic bugs are not the ones that trigger the allergy per se, but it is their feces that cause the allergy.
  • Animal dander. These are old skin scales that come from animals that also cause allergy.
  • Molds. These molds can cause allergies too when inhaled. These are often located in moist and dark spaces like garbage cans and basements.
  • Chemicals. Some chemicals that have strong odors are often known to cause allergies.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

  • Runny nose. Having a runny nose is common when you are suffering from allergic rhinitis.
  • Sneezing. When something starts to irritate your nose, or you get exposed to certain allergens, you would immediately start sneezing uncontrollably.
  • Itchy and watering eyes. Along with other symptoms of allergic rhinitis, you would often feel your eyes getting itchy and watery.
  • Sinus congestion. This is among the most common symptoms of allergic rhinitis. You would feel like something is blocking your nose, making it hard to breathe through the nostrils.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Allergic Rhinitis

Initially, if you have experienced symptoms of allergic rhinitis, it is always best to go through an allergy test and know the different things that you are allergic to. Your doctor may have you go through a skin test or lab test to find out what triggers your allergic reactions.

There is no definite cure for allergic rhinitis. One thing you can do is to avoid the things that trigger the allergies. You can do one or more of the following:

  • Get rid of dust. Cleaning the house, and making your house dust-free is one way to avoid allergic reactions. Dust is among the things that cause allergies.
  • Eliminate molds and animal dander. The key is to clean areas that are known to be places where molds grow. Make sure that everything is clean on the surface.
  • Stay indoors when you believe that pollen counts are high. This is often the best option during spring.

You may also take some medications to treat symptoms. If you have other health problems that might hinder you taking medicines, you could always consult a physician.


Diet for Allergic Rhinitis


Foods to Avoid

  • Avoid sugar and foods that are considered as mucus-forming. Some of these foods include full fat dairy products, chocolate, and cheese.
  • Reduce intake of white flour and pasta.
  • Minimize consumption of orange juice and tomatoes, or any other food that your system might not tolerate.
  • Wheat and other dairy products coming from cows have also been known to trigger this condition.
  • Wine. Some people who drink wine are known to suffer from allergies.


Friendly Foods

  • Try to include spices in your diet like onions, garlic, and root ginger. Horseradish is also good. Eating a lot of these foods can help minimizing the symptoms of your allergy.
  • Drink plenty of freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices. The nutrients from these foods are easily absorbed. Remember that it must be fresh and not those from a carton.
  • Rye, amaranth crackers, oat cakes, and rice. These are your alternatives to wheat, if you have allergies to one.
  • Opt for organic rice, goat’s milk, soya, oat milk, or almond milk, if you cannot tolerate dairy products. Some precaution in drinking soya milk since some people have a high intolerance to it.


Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Allergic Rhinitis

  • Vitamin C in ascorbate form (5 grams daily). This would be the recommended dose when symptoms are acute. Add 500mg – 2g of Vitamin B5.
  • Bioflavonoid complex (500mg – 2g).
  • Bromelain (500mg). This is an enzyme that comes from pineapples that help in breaking down mucus and reduce the allergic reaction, which also reduces the discomfort of an allergy.
  • Nettle tincture or tea (3 times daily). This could also help in alleviating symptoms.
  • Quercetin (400mg 3 times a day). This is a flavonoid which also helps in reducing the allergic responses. Take this while symptoms are acute.
  • Oralmat (3 drops under the tongue, 3 times a day, hold for 30 sec. or longer). This is an extract that comes from the rye plant. It has Beta 1, 3 glucan, genistein, matairesinol, squalene, and the Q10 co-enzyme. This helps in supporting a healthy respiratory function. It strengthens the body’s natural allergy defences. For children, 1 drop would be enough.


More Helpful Hints

  • Up to the time that you are not able to identify your food intolerance, you should take about 400mg of Quercetin thrice a day. This could clearly help reduce your allergic responses.
  • You may also use an ionizer to reduce dust and other allergens in the surrounding air to avoid allergies.
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