Allergic Rhinitis

Hay fever is a misnomer. It is not an allergy to hay. Rather, it is an allergy to weeds that pollinate - Jordan Josephson MD

Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic Rhinitis

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Does taking allergy medication make my allergies worse?

Plant mating season affects more of us every year. We know it better as spring, that magical time of the year when flowers bloom and trees leaf and billions of pollen grains take flight in an attempt to fertilize another flower. Many of these little plant sperms accidentally end up in our noses, though, where they trigger an immune reaction that we call seasonal allergies.

About 25 million Americans get them—more as climate change worsens—and many of those people take some kind of over-the-counter drug to treat their aversion to plant sex. There are a lot of misconceptions about allergies, perhaps in part because we know amazingly little about how they really work. Our knowledge…

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Living With Allergic Rhinitis

My name is Kev and I have Allergic Rhinitis. I was first diagnosed in 2002, and I've managed to keep it under control since early 2007. (I can't believe it took *that* long) Hooray! I still depend on Flonase nasal spray and a healthy dose of exercise to keep my Allergic Rhinitis under control. However, I do hope that there will be a day when I would finally be cured from Allergic Rhinitis.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Many people with allergies do not get complete relief from medications. They may be candidates for immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a long-term treatment that can help prevent or reduce the severity of allergic reactions and change the course of allergic disease by modifying the body’s immune response to allergens.


Allergic rhinitis (AR) is an atopic disease characterized by symptoms of nasal congestion, clear rhinorrhea, sneezing, and nasal pruritis. It can affect one in every six individuals and has associations with significant morbidity, loss of productivity, and health-care costs.

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