Allergic Rhinitis

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Glenwood Springs, CO & Avon, CO

Allergic rhinitis is a rather fancy medical term for hay fever. It’s an allergy that can make your nose run and your eyes itch, but it may or may not be related to hay. The team at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C., in Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Aspen, Frisco, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, are allergy experts. You can trust them to uncover the cause of your allergic rhinitis and design a treatment plan that’s customized to fit your needs. Call today to schedule your appointment or book your visit online.

Allergic Rhinitis Q & A

What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis causes symptoms you may mistake for a cold, including:

  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus pressure
  • Scratchy throat

Unlike a cold, however, allergic rhinitis isn’t caused by a virus. Rather, it’s a series of symptoms caused by an allergic response to certain airborne substances (allergens) that your immune system mistakes for dangerous, even life-threatening invaders. In its defense of your health, your immune system triggers a chain of events that lead to the inflammation, swelling, and drainage you experience with allergic rhinitis.

What does hay have to do with allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis can be caused by exposure to hay or the mold in the hay – if that’s your immune system’s allergen of choice. But there are many other outdoor and indoor sources for allergic rhinitis, including:

  • Tree pollen, common in early spring
  • Hay and other grass pollen, usually prevalent in late spring and early summer
  • Ragweed and other weed pollens, mostly in the fall
  • Mold spores, spring through fall, occasionally through the winter
  • Pet dander, present year-round but may worsen in the winter months when windows   stay closed
  • Dust mites, cockroaches, and indoor or outdoor mold and fungi

Is allergy testing helpful for allergic rhinitis?

Yes. While your allergist can often narrow the focus by identifying when and where your symptoms seem to start, allergy testing can provide a clearer picture of what triggers your allergic rhinitis.

You may have, for instance, started sneezing and coughing when your daughter got her first guinea pig. So, it’s only natural to blame your symptoms on the critter. But is it the guinea pig or the hay you’re using to line the cage that’s kicked your immune system into overdrive? Allergy testing can help solve the riddle.

What is the treatment for allergic rhinitis?

There are many effective treatments available for allergic rhinitis, which may include:

  • Oral medications
  • Nasal sprays to decrease inflammation and swelling
  • Avoiding exposure to your allergy triggers whenever possible
  • Immunotherapy to address allergies where they begin, with your immune system

You don’t have to learn to live with allergic rhinitis and its frustrating symptoms. Schedule a visit at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies today. Call or use the online booking system.