Allergic rhinitis, commonly called as hay fever, is a condition that produces cold-like symptoms due to the inflammation of the inside of the nose. Unlike cold that is caused by a virus, allergic rhinitis is caused by exposure to an allergen. After being exposed to an allergen, a person with hay fever has symptoms like runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy, watery, red eyes, continuous sneeze, cough, itchiness in the nose, the roof of the mouth or throat, and fatigue.
The allergen causing hay fever differs from person to person. Some of the common airborne allergens are described below.
Individuals who are often exposed to wood dust and flour dust, for instance, those who work in a furniture store or bakery, are also likely to develop allergic rhinitis.
There is no ‘permanent fix’ for allergic rhinitis, so it is recommended to avoid the exposure of these allergens. Moreover, always have over-the-counter medications in store to relieve the symptoms in case of mild allergies.