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  • Understanding Allergic Rhinitis

    As Spring approaches and nature awakes, air quality surrounding us will also be filled with pollens and many other allergens that cannot be seen by our naked eyes. It is also the season when many suffer from Allergic Rhinitis – commonly diagnosed as Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis or Perennial Allergic Rhinitis. Runny Nose and Nasal Congestions are common symptoms and when left untreated can lead to Pharyngitis, Otitis Media, etc. Prevention and early intervention is the best way to avoid and/or manage the condition(s).


    Allergens are the direct causes for Allergic Rhinitis symptoms. Allergens like Spores from Trees, Plants and Pollen in the air are direct causes of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, Dust Mites, Animal Dander, Feather, Fungus, etc are causes of Perennial Allergic Rhinitis. Such Allergens are attached to nasal mucosa causing nasal allergies and thus symptoms of runny nose, nasal congestions, itchy nose, sneezing, etc. Allergic Rhinitis can also cause Chest Tightness, Itchy Throat, Coughing and even induce an Asthma attack.


    Allergen Test : Allergy Test Profiles for Food & Environmental Factors and Immunoglobulin IgE ;
    Nasal Endoscopy : Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis will present symptoms like swelling of the Nasal Mucosa while Perennial Allergic Rhinitis will show inferior Turninate Mucosa as pale and swollen.



    Avoid or at least minimize contact with known allergens, diligent housekeeping to prevent dust mites, monitor humidity levels in the environment, closets and cupboards and keep beddings and towels dry to prevent moulds, do not keep pets or minimize contact with pets, wear a mask for protection.

    Make changes to your lifestyle, sleep well and reduce stress for better immunity and reduce the occurrence of an allergic attack. Maintain a balance diet and rhythm of life for optimal health.

    An allergic constitution and allergic rhinitis can also be genetics and inherited. It is thus recommended that you avoid allergens that your parents and/or siblings are allergic to so that you can also prevent a possible occurrence of an allergy attack.

    Food allergy symptoms are presented as skin rashes, swollen eyes and even asthma. Food allergies can also trigger allergic rhinitis thus it is recommended that you should be selective and avoid allergy inducing food(s).


    Medication intervention like Anti-Histamine, Inhaler, etc is helpful in relieving allergy conditions.

    If you constantly have symptoms of Runny Nose, Nasal Congestion, etc, it is recommended that you see a Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist for a consultation, investigations and diagnosis. Prevention is always better than cure, especially with today’s medical advancement and ease of tests like Allergen profiles, Immunology IgG, etc.

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