Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever2023-03-02T14:17:01-07:00

Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

Allergic rhinitis (AR), also known as hay fever (or just “allergies”), is a very common problem in Arizona. It has been estimated that up to 50% of all Americans have at least one allergy. Allergies are caused by your immune system reacting against proteins in the air (like pollens or animal dander) that normally should not cause an immune response. There are two types of rhinitis: Allergic and Non-allergic.

Nonallergic Rhinitis

At least 1 out of 3 people with rhinitis symptoms do not have allergies. Nonallergic rhinitis usually afflicts adults and causes year-round symptoms, especially runny nose and nasal congestion. This condition differs from allergic rhinitis because the immune system is not involved.

Allergic Rhinitis

If you have allergic rhinitis, your immune system mistakenly identifies a typically harmless substance as an intruder. This substance is called an allergen. The immune system responds to the allergen by releasing histamine and chemical mediators that typically cause symptoms in the nose, throat, eyes, ears, skin and roof of the mouth.

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever): Is most often caused by pollen carried in the air during different times of the year in different parts of the country.

Allergic Rhinitis can also be triggered by common indoor allergens such as the dried skin flakes, urine, and saliva found on pet dander, mold, droppings from dust mites and cockroach particles. This is called perennial allergic rhinitis, as symptoms typically occur year-round.

In addition to allergen triggers, symptoms may also occur from irritants such as smoke and strong odors, or to changes in the temperature and humidity of the air. This happens because allergic rhinitis causes inflammation in the nasal lining, which increases sensitivity to inhalants.

Overview of Allergy Symptoms

Allergies can affect people differently. Some people may experience mild symptoms of itchy eyes or nose, sneezing or cold symptoms and may only have symptoms at certain times of the year. Others may have more severe symptoms and may have a difficult time concentrating or functioning due to the severity of their symptoms. Fortunately, there are many options that can help patients control and potentially even cure their allergies. Phoenix allergy relief is possible!

Common Triggers For Allergies

In the Phoenix, Arizona area, the most common triggers for allergies include grass pollen, certain tree pollens (such as olive, ash, mulberry), weed pollens (like sagebrush, ragweed, creosote and others), and molds (which commonly grows outdoors in grass and on other vegetation). Cats and dogs are also a common indoor trigger for symptoms.

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Personalized Allergic Rhinitis Treatment Plans

The staff and providers at San Tan Allergy & Asthma can identify whether or not you may have allergies as the cause of your symptoms and will help to formulate a treatment plan that best suits your needs. An allergy test called skin testing may be recommended to help identify the cause of your symptoms. Medications can be very effective for many patients who suffer from AR and avoidance of known allergens may be recommended when possible for patients to obtain allergy relief.

Allergen immunotherapy (also known as allergy shots) is one of the most effective long-term solutions to controlling allergic rhinitis. It is effective in 80-85% of patients and involves the injection of concentrated amounts of allergen proteins into the body to teach the immune system to stop reacting against those things. Although allergy shots do involve a significant commitment, it is the only proven method to reduce or cure allergies long term.

We provide a variety of services all throughout the valley, including allergy relief near Chandler, Gilbert asthma treatment, allergy testing near Mesa, as well as a library of other services for patients near Phoenix, Tempe, Queen Creek and more. Call for an appointment with our Gilbert allergy experts if you would like help finding allergy relief!

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For more information visit any of the following sites:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)


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