Nasal allergies (also called allergic rhinitis) are a common health problem. They may be seasonal which means symptoms are only present at certain times of the year. Or they may be perennial which means symptoms are year round.
Common allergens include:
- Dust mites
- Furry and feathered animals
- Wind-borne pollen
Allergies can cause nasal tissue to swell which makes the air passages smaller. The nose may feel stuffed up and may make extra mucus, which can plug the nasal passages or drip out of the nose or down the back of the throat. Sinus tissue can swell causing pain and headache. Common allergy symptoms include:
- Drainage down your throat (postnasal drip)
- Itchy nose, eyes, ears, and throat
- Plugged-up ears (ear congestion)
- Red, watery eyes
- Runny nose with clear, watery discharge
- Sinus pain and swelling
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose (nasal congestion)
Your healthcare provider will evaluate you to find the cause of your symptoms then recommend treatment. If your symptoms are due to nasal allergies, your healthcare provider may prescribe nasal steroid sprays or oral antihistamines to help reduce symptoms. Avoidance of the allergen will also be suggested. You may also be referred to an allergist.