As the weather warms up, starts raining less and flowers start blooming, my clinic begins getting filled with (as Prof Warner likes to call them) itchy, sneezy, wheezy patients.
And this because they suffer with Allergic rhinitis, which is an inflammation of the nasal mucosa caused by an airborne allergen.
The name Allergic Rhinitis wasn't used until the 20th Century.
The name "Allergic Rhinitis" is the true name of this pathology.
Allergic due to the reaction being made by allergens.
Rhinitis is due to the combination of two Greek words:
The main cause, aroud Spring and Summer, is Pollen.
Being it from Trees or from Grasses.
But Allergic Rhinits can also be due to other airborne allergens. Such as:
On its own, it is not life threatening.
The main problem is when associated with poorly or uncontrolled asthma.
Can also be troublesome for sufferers of Pollen Food Syndrome/Oral Allergy Syndrome.
The most common symptoms are:
Skin prick tests are the main source for diagnosis.
Blood tests can eventually be done, mainly in primary care.
What to do:
Dr Costa is a Consultant Paediatrician and fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.