Health Connect – December Edition

Health Connect – December Edition 

Allergic Rhinitis (AR), a common condition in the community, results in inflammation of the nasal passages when exposed to an allergen. Common allergens can be found indoors and outdoors, including, but not limited to, dust mites, pollen, fur etc.

Consequently, this results in a constellation of symptoms such as sneezing, nose itching, nasal mucus, post-nasal drip and blocked nose.

In addition, AR may occur together with other allergic conditions, such as allergic conjunctivitis, asthma, eczema and sinusitis etc.

The diagnosis of AR is made by your healthcare provider based on your symptoms and clinical examination. Additional tests to assess the extent and complications of your condition include skin prick testing, scopes or blood tests etc.

Treatment strategies vary widely and are dependent on symptom severity, triggers, and of course, your preferences. They range from allergen avoidance, oral medications, nasal sprays/washes to even surgery. Do speak to your healthcare provider for further information regarding this.

Disclaimer: All content in this publication is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute any form of medical advice or clinical care nor is it intended to be a substitute for professional medical care. Please speak to your healthcare provider if you have any questions pertaining to your healthcare.