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Allergic Rhinitis Specialist

Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Tempe, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Allergic rhinitis affects up to 60 million Americans. If you frequently experience symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing, it might be allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or another trigger. At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd., dedicated physicians Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, diagnose and treat your allergic rhinitis to get you breathing freely again. With offices in Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Arizona, call the one nearest you or use online scheduling to book your appointment now.

Allergic Rhinitis Q & A

What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is a group of symptoms like sneezing and runny nose. Generally, allergic rhinitis symptoms start when you inhale tiny particles of an allergen or, less commonly, when you ingest food that you’re allergic to.

Your immune system perceives that normally harmless substance as a dangerous one, and so it produces histamine to fight it. This immune reaction is what triggers your symptoms. 

The symptoms are often persistent or even constant because the allergens are typically those found in the environment naturally. Depending on the allergens involved, allergic rhinitis can be seasonal, known as hay fever or seasonal allergies, or it can be year-round. 

What allergens cause allergic rhinitis?

The most common cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis is pollen from trees, ragweed, and grass. Mold spores can also trigger seasonal allergic rhinitis. 

Year-round allergic rhinitis is usually caused by pet dander, dust mites, cockroaches, or indoor mold. 

What are the symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis usually occur in your nose, but they can also affect your throat, eyes, ears, and the roof of your mouth. Common symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Inflamed nose
  • Poor sense of smell
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Dark under-eye circles
  • Puffy eyes
  • Clogged ears and hearing problems
  • Headache

If you feel like these problems are nearly constant, or if you tend to spend most of the spring and early summer months (aka allergy season) struggling with daily symptoms, there’s a good chance it’s allergic rhinitis. 

How do you treat allergic rhinitis?

At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd., the experienced team gets to the bottom of your allergic rhinitis. During your initial appointment, which can take 2-3 hours to allow for a thorough evaluation, your provider examines you and orders tests, like blood or skin tests.

Once they know the reason for your symptoms, your provider can create an effective allergy management plan. This may include:

  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Sublingual (under the tongue) tablets
  • Nasal sprays
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants

Your allergy specialist can also help you devise strategies to avoid allergy triggers, such as minimizing your time outdoors when the pollen count is high. 

For comprehensive treatment of your allergic rhinitis symptoms, call the office nearest you or request an appointment through online booking now.