Allergic Rhinitis

Do you experience frequent bouts of sneezing and an itchy, runny nose that affects your daily work? If yes, you might be suffering from allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis or nasal allergy is characterized by symptoms like sneezing, watery eyes, nasal itching and/or congestion and runny nose. These symptoms occur when you come in contact with a potential allergen (substance that causes an allergic reaction) like dust, pet dander and certain seasonal pollens. Allergic rhinitis can drastically affect your quality of life and therefore needs to be treated. Homeopathy is an effective medical option that offers significant relief in patients affected by allergic rhinitis. Symptoms It all starts with a runny nose and constant sneezing. A person with allergic rhinitis symptoms may experience one or combination of the following: Constant sneezing and cough Runny nose Nasal congestion Itchy nose, ears, throat or eyes Watery eyes Reduced sense of smell Post-nasal discharge Causes When you have allergic rhinitis, your immune system identifies a harmless substance (allergen) as harmful and produces antibodies to fight it. The next time you come in contact with this substance, these antibodies signal your immune system to release chemicals called histamines to fight allergens. This causes a reaction that leads to the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Few allergens or triggers of allergic rhinitis are: Outdoor allergens, such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds Indoor allergens, such as pet hair or dander, dust mites and mold Irritants, such as cigarette smoke, perfume and diesel exhaust Risk factors Few factors that can put you at risk of developing allergic rhinitis are: Having other types of allergies Suffering from eczema Having a family member suffering from allergy or asthma Living or working in an environment that continuously exposes you to allergens Diagnosis Our doctor will perform a physical examination, take your medical history and might also recommend any of the following tests: Skin prick test : This test uses a small amount of allergen extract that is pricked into the skin of your arm. Within a stipulated period, it is observed for any signs of an exaggerated skin reaction. Intra-dermal tests : In this test, the allergen extract is injected between layers of the skin and observed for allergic reaction on the tested site. Can Allergic Rhinitis be prevented? If allergic rhinitis runs in your family, all close family members are recommended to get a genetic test done. At our clinics, we have developed the world’s first gene-targeted homeopathic therapy called Geno Homeopathy. With this, we can predict allergies years before they actually occur. This is carried out through a simple saliva test that not only helps us to predict the probability of getting allergic rhinitis but also helps in treating the root cause. It reduces your chances of getting allergic rhinits through preventive medicine, appropriate diet and lifestyle changes. Since Geno Homeopathy is based on your individualized genetic predisposition, it is, therefore, the most individualized and customized treatment for your health problems. Snapshot of a genetic test report for Allergic rhinitis ~ Allergic-Rhinitis Homeopathic treatment for allergic rhinitis There are 5 advantages of homeopathic treatment for allergic rhinitis : Homeopathy considers that stress may aggravate allergic rhinitis, and treats both together going to the root of the problem. Common treatments for allergic rhinitis in conventional medicine cause drowsiness and interfere in day-to-day living. Homeopathy on the other hand is safe and free from side effects. Homeopathy is a holistic form of treatment. You do not need different homeopathic medicines for allergic rhinitis to treat various manifestations such as watering of nose or the itching of the eyes unlike conventional medicine which prescribes different medicines for each complaint. No two allergic individuals have the same symptoms, and hence, no two individuals get the same medicine. Every patient is treated according to the specifics of his/her condition. Homeopathic treatment builds specific immunity against known allergens and general immunity against unknown allergens. Case Study Ramesh, a 27-year-old communications professional, was suffering from severe episodes of sneezing and a runny nose. He was allergic to dust and pollens in the air. Based on his case analysis, we prescribed him an appropriate homeopathic remedy, which not only relieved his present episodes of sneezing and runny nose, but also took care of his recurrent attacks and his sensitivity to dust and other allergens. 20-year old Sophia consulted Dr ’sTM for allergic rhinitis. Any change of climate, the winter season and dust would trigger an attack of constant sneezing for her. To know more about how Sophia found relief from allergic symptoms, read her complete story. FAQs 1. Are there any self – help tips for protecting ourselves from allergic rhinitis, alongside the treatment? Yes, along with the homeopathic treatment, you can also follow some tips like: Vacuum-clean your home, specially the carpets, mattresses and upholstery. This will ensure that dust and other allergens are destroyed. Dust with a dampened cloth instead of a dry cloth. Dry dusting tends to propel dust containing allergens, mites and their allergens into the air. In case you have pets at home, brush their hair regularly as exposure to their hair and dander may aggravate your condition. Avoid exposure to common triggers such as paints, chemicals, tobacco smoke, aerosol sprays and automobile exhausts. Read food labels carefully to avoid substances that you may be allergic to or could possibly ‘turn on’ your allergy. 2. I suffer from allergic rhinitis. Can my son get it too? Allergies tend to run in families. So, if you have allergies, chances of your son getting it are higher than normal. However, he might not inherit it from you. If you would like to know if your son will develop allergic rhinitis in future, we recommend that you take our Geno Homeopathy test for him as well as other close family members. 3. Apart from dust, what else can be the cause of allergic rhinitis? Some of the other causes can be: Pollen Outdoor moulds House dust mites Exposure to certain animals (including pets) Cockroaches Rodents Irritants such as smoke, pollution and strong smells like perfumes 4. I am 23 years old. Since the past three years I’ve been suffering from dust allergy. I get sneezing and a runny nose whenever I do any household work or travel outside. Please help. You may be suffering from a condition known as allergic rhinitis, commonly called allergic cold. You cannot avoid dust all the time, therefore, it is advisable to take medical treatment to get relief from it. You can take help of homeopathy to treat this condition. Homeopathy offers significant relief from the agony of allergic rhinitis in a large number of patients. It not only addresses the physical symptoms of your allergies, but treats the root cause of it. The treatment, therefore, not only helps to reduce the tendency to allergy but also aims at building immunity for improved health and a better quality of life. Besides taking medication, you can keep certain things in mind to avoid your allergy trigger which is dust - Cover your nose and mouth whenever you clean, or go out. Include foods rich in vitamin C — such as sweet lime, Indian gooseberry 8 (amla), and lemon in your diet. 5. How can I help my child with allergic rhinitis? Can homeopathy help? Yes, homeopathy can certainly treat your child’s allergic rhinitis condition without causing any side-effects. Homeopathic medicines mainly target the body’s immune system, which helps to reduce hypersensitivity to the allergens. In the long run, with homeopathic treatment, patients are known to react less aggressively to the allergens, which gradually help to cure hypersensitivity.