Allergic Rhinitis Treatment in Washington, DC
If you’re suffering from allergic rhinitis or hay fever, the team at Allergy and Asthma Center can help you find the relief you need. Allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as “hay fever,” is one of the most common allergies in America, affecting more than 3 million people every year. The allergy specialists at Allergy and Asthma Center know how uncomfortable allergic rhinitis can be, even causing patients to dread an entire season. We have the experience and expertise to diagnose your specific allergy and help you find the relief you need.
If you’re ready to treat your hay fever, schedule an appointment with us today.
What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis is the medical term for “hay fever.” Hay fever involves an allergic reaction to an outdoor or indoor allergen. Outdoor triggers often vary by season, leading many patients to view hay fever as a seasonal occurrence in their lives. However, allergic rhinitis can also happen year-round due to indoor triggers. Common hay fever triggers include dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores.
What are some common symptoms of hay fever?
Hay fever is characterized by cold-like symptoms, including:
- Runny nose
- Itchy/watery eyes
- Sinus pressure
- Allergic shiners
What are some common causes of hay fever?
Hay fever is always caused by contact with an allergen, either indoors or outdoors. Some of the most common causes of hay fever we see at Allergy and Asthma Center include:
- Tree, grass, ragweed pollen
- Mold and fungi
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
What is the best treatment for hay fever?
Hay fever may seem like an inevitable part of your spring or fall season, but there is potential for relief! One of our allergy specialists can diagnose hay fever and provide the best form of treatment. Below are some of the common procedures used to diagnosis hay fever:
- Physical exam
- Skin prick test
- Lung function test/spirometry
- Allergy blood test (RAST)
Some of the most common treatments for hay fever we suggest are corticosteroids, antihistamines, decongestants, and/or immunotherapy. To learn more about immunotherapy, visit our web page on allergies here.