Last update: 01/07/2011   

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal cavity caused by an overreaction to a substance.

The most common substances can cause allergic rhinitis are dust mites (microscopic organisms that live in dust from homes), pollen from plants, fungi and microscopic dog or cat dander.

The patient may have runny rhinitis, nasal obstruction, sneezing, itchy nose, itchy eyes sometimes. Allergic rhinitis is an increasingly common problem throughout the population.

Greatly affects the quality of life of patients, altering the concentration at work and school and even be responsible for lost days of schooling and work.

It is necessary to conduct a proper diagnosis to determine in each case the cause of rhinitis. Diagnostic tests include nasal endoscopy and skin allergy tests, which are not uncomfortable for the patient. There are very effective treatments for allergic rhinitis, which should be tailored to each patient in finción of their clinical condition.

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