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What is Perennial Allergic Rhinitis?

Perennial allergic rhinitis is a chronic inflammatory nasal condition. Unlike seasonal allergies, it remains throughout the year, causing symptoms like sneezing, congestion, itchiness, and a runny nose. 

As a chronic condition, perennial allergic rhinitis may make you feel like you’re constantly sick. Additionally, many possible triggers for this condition exist, making it difficult to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. Thankfully, an experienced ENT can help you manage and prevent your rhinitis symptoms. 

Read on to learn more about perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, causes, and treatment.

Common Symptoms of Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

The most common symptom of perennial allergic rhinitis is nasal inflammation. This can cause congestion or a stuffy nose. 

Other symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis include:

  • Nasal itchiness
  • A runny nose 
  • Sneezing 
  • Postnasal drip
  • Facial pain or pressure

Some people also experience itchy eyes, sore throat, and difficulty sleeping due to perennial rhinitis. 

What Causes Perennial Allergic Rhinitis?

The most common causes of perennial allergic rhinitis are:

  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Pet hair
  • Mold 
  • Cockroaches 

These triggers differ from those of seasonal allergic rhinitis, which include pollen from grasses, trees, and weeds. Pollen comes and goes with the seasons, while allergens like dust mites can remain throughout the year. 

How is Perennial Allergic Rhinitis Treated?

To treat perennial allergic rhinitis, your ENT may first perform allergy testing to determine your allergy triggers. Some people can simply avoid these triggers to prevent their symptoms; this is known as avoidance therapy.  

Your ENT may also advise limiting allergens in your home with more frequent vacuuming, deep cleaning furniture, and removing carpeting (as it can trap allergens). 

If you can’t avoid allergens altogether, your ENT may suggest antihistamines or nasal sprays. These medications may help manage your symptoms.

Allergen immunotherapy is a long-term treatment option that may lessen your perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms by gradually reducing your sensitivity to allergens. You can receive immunotherapy through allergy shots or sublingual (under the tongue) therapy. 

Ready to achieve lasting relief from your allergy symptoms? Schedule an appointment at ENT Associates in Florida today! 

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