Allergic Rhinitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis usually occur when you come in contact with an allergen, and they are fairly easy to recognise. Some of the early symptoms include:

  • Repeated sneezing, especially in the early hours of the morning

  • Runny nose and a thin, clear post-nasal drip that may cause a sore throat

  • Watery and itchy eyes

  • Itchy ears, nose and throat

Symptoms that may develop later include:

  • Stuffy nose

  • Headache

  • Fatigue and irritability

  • Blocked ears

  • Decreased sense of smell

Over time, the allergens may affect you less, and your symptoms may be less severe
than before.

Allergic Rhinitis vs Common Cold

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can easily be confused with a common cold. However, there are certain differences in the symptoms that can help you distinguish between
the two.

Allergic Rhinitis

Common Cold

Caused by allergens

Caused by germs

You generally do not have fever or
body ache

You have fever and body ache

The mucus in your nose is clear
and watery

The mucus in your nose is yellow or green and thick

You sneeze many times, before the sneezing attack stops

Sneezes are infrequent, and usually restricted to a few at one time

Extremely watery eyes

No watery eyes

Symptoms stay longer than a
few days

Symptoms go away in a few days

If you find that you have any/all the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, it is important that you consult your doctor for the right diagnosis and treatment. It is important to treat allergic rhinitis on time, as it could lead to complications such as Asthma, ear infections and sinusitis.