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Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergen, such as pollen, dust, mould or flakes of skin from certain animals. It affects one in five people in the UK.

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Common Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Itchiness
  • Blocked or runny nose

 

Treatment at home

  • Reduce exposure to allergens you know or suspect cause your allergic rhinitis
  • Take over the counter medication (see your pharmacist)
  • Rinse your nasal passages with salt water
  • Prescription medication

When should I book a GP?

  • Symptoms are disrupting your sleep
  • You struggle to carry out everyday activities
  • Your performance at work/ school is impacted
  • The cause of your symptoms is uncertain

 

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