Many people in the United States of America suffer from rhinitis, which is more commonly known as hay fever. Rhinitis triggers allergy symptoms that are similar to the symptoms of a cold. A virus does not cause hay fever. Those who do suffer, suffer from one of two types of rhinitis:
The allergic type directly affects an individual’s immune system. The system begins to mistake harmless and typical allergens as intruders. The bodies natural response to the unwanted intruder is to release histamines (chemical mediators) that cause allergy symptoms in the mouth, ears, eyes, and nose (sometimes skin). Different indoor and outdoor factors can trigger allergic rhinitis. This includes:
- Pet dander
- Pest droppings
- Dried skin flakes
The non-allergic version of hay fever can have people suffering all year long. The allergic version usually is worse during different seasons (spring, winter, etc.). Because this version does not have allergen triggers, the immune system does not get involved.
An allergist in Newton, PA can give you a full diagnosis of what you are and are not allergic to. If you notice symptoms of hay fever and you want to get rid of them, you first must find out what type of rhinitis you have. That is the only way to start treatment that will work.