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Useful information about  various treatment methods, and how they can work for you.

Allergic Rhinitis is caused by the inhalation of airborne environmental substances that activate your immune system when they contact the lining of your nose. This results in the release of histamine and other chemicals that cause sneezing, nasal stuffiness, watery nasal discharge and inability to smell. The first priority of treatment is to accurately determine your  allergic triggers with a skin test so that the environment can be controlled.

Medical therapy includes the use of histamine blocking drugs such as cetirizine, levocetrizine , fexofenadine and desloratidine. Nasal steroid sprays block other chemicals released during allergic reactions and work best when used consistently. Nasal antihistamine sprays help relieve nasal itching, sneezing and runny nose.  A decongestant such as psuedoephedrine can be added when congestion is difficult to control. The best long term strategy is to desensitize with allergen injection therapy and decrease exposure to indoor allergens.