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Seasonal and Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ALLERGIC RHINITIS

Allergic rhinitis may sound like an unpleasant medical diagnosis. However, up to 30 percent of people worldwide are affected by allergic rhinitis,1 which means you’re certainly not alone if you experience allergy symptoms.

So, what is allergic rhinitis, anyway? To answer this question, it’s important to understand the two types of allergic rhinitis, such as seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.

SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS

An allergic inflammation of the nasal airways is known as allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. Inflammation occurs when an allergen (like pollen or mold) enters the nasal passage ways and is seen by the body as an intruder. From there, the body attempts to attack and remove the intruder by activating allergic responses.  Allergic rhinitis is characterized by the symptoms listed below.2

  

PERENNIAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS

The body experiences the same inflammation responses with perennial allergic rhinitis, but there is one main difference between the two types. Perennial rhinitis is characterized by the frequency of symptoms – occurring for at least one hour on most days throughout the year.3

The most common allergens that trigger symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis are dust mites and animals – especially household pets like cats and dogs.3 Other possible triggers include mold on wallpaper, houseplants, and carpeting.4

  

ALLERGIC RHINITIS SYMPTOMS

The most common symptoms for both seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis are very similar, and include:

  • Excessive sneezing5
  • Runny nose and/or postnasal drip5
  • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)5
  • Itchy nose5
  • Itchy, watery eyes5

ALLERGY RELIEF WITH FLONASE®

For those experiencing seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis, the good news is that FLONASE® can help. Over-the-counter single-ingredient antihistamines can only act on one specific histamine, but FLONASE® Allergy Relief nasal spray blocks 6 inflammatory responses.**  Find where to buy FLONASE®  and see how you can save on your next purchase with a FLONASE® coupon.

**Mechanism vs. most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE® acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.

Sources:

1. AAAAI. Allergy Statistics. http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx. Accessed April 20, 2015

2. NIH. Allergic Rhinitis. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000813.htm. Accessed April 20, 2015

3. NIH. Perennial Rhinitis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1112817/. Accessed April 20, 2015

4. American Academy of Otolaryngology. Allergic Rhinitis, Sinusitis, and Rhinosinusitis. http://www.entnet.org/content/allergic-rhinitis-sinusitis-and-rhinosinusitis. Accessed April 20, 2015.

5. UMM. Allergic Rhinitis - http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/allergic-rhinitis. Accessed April 20, 2015