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What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) is an inflammation of the nasal passages characterized by symptoms that include any combination of the following: sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal itching, and discharge from the nose. In short it is the condition that makes you go sneezing and gives you an itchy, runny nose with watery eyes whenever you come in contact with certain allergens. The condition is usually precipitated in sensitive individuals after exposure to dust, dander, certain seasonal pollens, etc.

Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) is a very common disorder and it affects almost 20% of the population. Although it can affect people of all age groups, two-third of all patients with this condition develop it before the age of 30. The condition seems to spare the geriatric age group. The male - female ratio for adults remains equal though amongst children, boys are more frequently affected than girls.

There are two categories of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy):

Seasonal: The allergy attacks occur during certain seasons, especially in pollen season

Perennial: The allergy attacks are interspersed throughout the year

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on doctors' visits and medication for the treatment of this chronic illness. Not to mention all the missed days at work and school as well as the impaired performance. Timely treatment can surely save a lot of money and agony for the patients of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy).

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