Allergic rhinitis: what are the symptoms?
The symptoms of can often feel similar to cold symptoms. This includes:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Post-nasal drip (the feeling of mucous running down the back of your throat)
- Red and itchy eyes
- Itching in the roof of your mouth or throat
- Ear pain caused by irritation in the nose and sinuses
If you’re concerned that you’re displaying the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, you can talk to your pharmacist, who should be able to provide you with a diagnosis and possible treatments to help ease your symptoms.
For most people, their symptoms are mild and they do not pose too much harm to their overall health and wellbeing. However, some people may experience more severe symptoms which can prevent them from getting enough sleep or get in the way of everyday life, for example struggling to concentrate at work or school.
In some cases, allergic rhinitis can lead to more painful problems like (a painful infection in the sinuses), nasal polyps or middle ear infections, so it’s important to seek further medical attention or talk to your doctor if your symptoms are severe or prolonged, not responding to treatment (see below), affecting your everyday life or you’re not sure what is causing them.