Allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever, is the group of symptoms that occur when your body is exposed to a specific allergen. An allergen is a typically harmless substance, such as pollen grass or dust, which causes an allergic reaction.

When your body comes into contact with an allergen, it releases histamine. This is a natural chemical that is actually intended to defend the body from the allergen. However, this chemical causes many uncomfortable symptoms (allergic rhinitis) that include runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes.

Types of Allergens

Common allergens that can cause this condition include pollen,dust, animal dander (old skin), and mould.

Pollen is the biggest allergen culprit, especially during certain times of the year. Tree and flower pollen is more prevalent in the spring, while grasses and weeds produce more pollen in the summer and fall months.

Risk Factors for Allergic Rhinitis

Allergies can happen to anyone, but they tend to be genetic. You are more likely to develop allergic rhinitis if your family has a history of allergies. According to the National Institutes of Health, the chances are even higher if your mother has a history of allergy problems (NIH).

There are also substances that can trigger this condition or make it worse. These include:

Cigarette smoke, chemicals, cold temperatures, humidity, wind, pollution, hair spray, wood smoke, fumes

Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

The most common symptoms of this condition include, early morning sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, itchy nose, coughing, sore throat, itchy and watery eyes, dark under-eye circles, frequent headaches, eczema-type symptoms (extremely dry, itchy skin that often blisters), hives (red, sometimes itchy bumps on the skin), excessive fatigue

Diagnosis of Allergic Rhinitis

Minor allergies usually only require a physical exam. However, your doctor may recommend specific tests to help determine the best treatment and preventative measures.

Allergic rhinitis maybe classified as seasonal or perennial (year-round).

Diseases associated with Allergic Rhinitis: Many patients may have a clinical or sub clinical Hypothyroidism or diabetes. Hence rule this out

Allergic Rhinitis Treatment

Though there are 300 different homeopathic  medicines which may help to treat allergies, the most common medicines are, Allium cepa, Sabadilla, Aconite, Occimum Sanctum. Your homeopathic physician can help you solve the disease appropriately.