Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Hay Fever Overview

Another name for Hay Fever is Allergic Rhinitis.

What is allergic rhinitis?
A person with allergic rhinitis has swelling and irritation to the inside lining of the nose, caused by an allergy to a substance in the environment. Common substances that trigger allergic rhinitis include pollen, dust mites, fungi, grass, mold, and pet dander.

What are the symptoms of allergic rhinitis?
Common symptoms of allergic rhinitis include a runny nose or nasal congestion. Additional symptoms of allergic rhinitis include nasal itching, sneezing, eye itching, eye tearing, and sore throat.

How does the doctor treat allergic rhinitis?
Treatment for allergic rhinitis may include antibiotics, oral antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids, and additional medications that reduce the symptoms of allergic reactions. Allergy shots may also reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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