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young woman throws up a peace sign in one hand and holds a cup of coffee in her other handAllergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, has frustrating symptoms that mainly affect your nasal passage. If you have hay fever, you’ll likely experience a runny and/or stuffy nose, congestion, or even itchy eyes and mouth. Discover the two types of allergic rhinitis and how they can negatively affect your health-related quality of life:

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

Seasonal allergic rhinitis afflicts people in spring, summer, and fall. This is because there is an increase of grass pollen and mold spores in the air, along with budding trees and weeds. When these allergens enter your body, your immune system will overreact and cause frustrating symptoms. By removing yourself from the allergen, these symptoms should subside. But we don’t want you to live in a world where you must avoid nature! We’re here to help.

Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Unlike seasonal allergic rhinitis, perennial allergic rhinitis doesn’t care what month it is – it lasts year-round. That’s because perennial hay fever isn’t caused by nature; it’s caused by allergens that are in homes or workplaces such as pet dander, dust mites, mold, or cockroaches. Nevertheless, symptoms can hinder your daily activities and decrease your health-related quality of life (HRQOL).

How Allergic Rhinitis Affects Your HRQOL

Why does the Langford Allergy team go to work every day? Because we are passionate about improving the health-related quality of life for our neighbors. When your health is poor, you can’t function at your best and enjoy life to its fullest!

Allergic rhinitis negatively affects your HRQOL because it can cause sinus congestion that leads to sinusitis, ear infections in children, poor sleep quality which results in fatigue during the day, and worsening asthma.

Thankfully, you can overcome allergic rhinitis through immunotherapy, medication, steroids, decongestants, and other treatment options. Depending on your specific needs, we will create a customized treatment plan for you so you can ditch this condition for good.

Do you have questions about allergic rhinitis? Contact our team today.