Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a medical term for hay fever that results due to an allergic reaction. As the name suggests, Allergy signifies sensitivity and Rhinitis stands for the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose. The discomforting condition signifies allergies. You generally suffer from an allergy when your body overreacts to certain substances which do not cause problems to others. These substances that cause an allergic reaction are termed allergens. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis result due to your body’s overreaction to allergens.


Types of Allergic Rhinitis

There exists a couple of types of this allergic condition; they are as below.

  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Perennial allergic rhinitis


1. Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever)

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) is called hay fever. It results due to pollen or mold spores in the air, particularly due to the weather changes. Pollen is a fine powder resulting due to the flowering of plants. It is carried by air and easily inhaled through the nose and into the respiratory tract. So, pollen is the major allergen for patients suffering from allergic rhinitis. The symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis are generally seasonal and may occur in the summer, spring, or fall. It may also occur in humid and dry climatic conditions.


2. Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Perennial Allergic Rhinitis (PAR) can occur all year round which means it can occur at any time of the year or throughout the year. It is most commonly observed in patients with allergic rhinitis. It may occur due to dust mites, pet hair, and dander.


Causes of Allergic Rhinitis 

The main cause of allergic rhinitis is hypersensitivity of the immune system. When you are exposed to allergens, your body releases certain chemicals. One such chemical is histamine from the mast cells. It is an immune response to the body’s defensive mechanism. This histamine causes allergic symptoms in the body.


Other causes of Allergic Rhinitis

  • Wind
  • Cold weather
  • Dry hot weather
  • Cold drinks and foods
  • Humidity 
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Irritating fumes 
  • Air pollution
  • Dust 

Allergic rhinitis can occur in children and adults of any age. This discomforting condition is a chronic and recurrent health concern.


Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

The symptoms of allergy rhinitis:

  • A runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itching of the nose and skin
  • Stuffy nose and blocked nose
  • Headache
  • Irritation in the throat
  • Dry mouth
  • Watery red eyes
  • Anosmia - loss of smell


Homeopathic treatment for Allergic Rhinitis

Homeopathy treatment is strongly suggested for allergic rhinitis. It provides you with great relief. Here are some crucial benefits of homeopathy for allergic rhinitis.

  • Controls and reduces the tendency and frequency of episodes of allergic rhinitis
  • Addresses the underlying cause which makes you less prone to allergens
  • Reduces the intensity and severity of the problem
  • Reduces allergic rhinitis symptoms and offers relief
  • Control infections
  • Prevents respiratory complications
  • Reduces and even eliminates drug dependency
  • Strengthens the immune system


Homeopathy Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis is an immune condition triggered by multiple factors such as climatic and environmental conditions. The homeopathy medicine for allergic rhinitis treats the underlying cause which leads to the tendency of allergic rhinitis and its symptoms. There are many crucial medicines in homeopathy for treating allergic rhinitis.  Here are some effective homeopathic remedies for allergic rhinitis.


1. Allium Cepa:

Allium Cepa is the most commonly used homeopathic medicine for allergic rhinitis. It generally helps people experiencing symptoms such as a severe and continuous runny nose that drips from the tip of the nose with watery eyes, extreme burning and redness of the nose with watery nasal discharge, and increased sneezing associated with a runny nose and watery eyes.


2. Sabadilla: 

This homeopathic medicine has an action on the mucous membrane of the nose and the lacrimal glands which causes a runny nose. Sabadilla is also best suited for treating frequent sneezing, fluent coryza, and a stuffy nose. One nostril being stuffed up and difficult inspiration and expiration indicate this medicine. It is recommended when sneezing is present particularly in the morning. It also helps treat patients with a runny nose frontal headache and redness of the eyes. 


3. Arsenic Album: 

When there is a presence of watery discharge from the nose with a burning in the nasal region, this remedy may help. Recurrent sneezing with many bouts of sneezes in the morning, a stuffy nose, and puffiness around the eyes indicate Arsenic Album. It helps treat the patients having asthmatic tendencies with breathing difficulties effectively. Arsenic Album is also recommended for the patients experiencing a sensation of chest heaviness which is more at night and a marked restlessness and exhaustion. Great exhaustion on a slight exertion indicates this homeopathic medicine.


4. Natrum Mur: 

Natrum Mur is indicated in chronic cases of allergic rhinitis where there is a marked affection of the nose, throat, and ear with recurrent sneezing. It is the best suitable medicine to treat the patients experiencing a characteristic thick whitish discharge like the white of an egg with a marked sensitivity of the nose.


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