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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, 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 causes symptoms you may mistake for a cold, including:
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.
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:
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.
There are many effective treatments available for allergic rhinitis, which may include:
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.