Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, presents symptoms similar to the common cold, yet it gets triggered by an allergic reaction to airborne allergens, both inside and outside.

Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, typically produces symptoms similar to the common cold. However, while a virus causes the common cold, hay fever is an allergic reaction to airborne allergens that can be indoors and outdoors.

Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

Hay fever can present with a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, which can significantly impact an individual’s daily life. Common signs and symptoms may include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itching of the nose, throat, and eyes
  • Congestion
  • Watery eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

People with asthma who suffer from allergic rhinitis may be more prone to exacerbations; additionally, this condition may raise the possibility of sinus and ear infections.

Causes of Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis colloquially referred to as hay fever, is an allergy in which the immune system overreacts to environmental allergens. Upon exposure to an allergen, the immune system erroneously perceives it as a threat, releasing histamine and other chemicals as a defense.

The release of histamine and other substances triggers the typical manifestations of hay fever, including sneezing, nasal discharge, itching, and nasal obstruction.


Environmental factors that may contribute to the onset of symptoms include:

  • Tree-derived pollen, such as from oak, pecan, and ash species, is highly prevalent in spring.
  • Grass pollen from sources abundant during the summertime, such as Bermuda or Timothy grass, is common.
  • Fall brings a high abundance of weed pollen, such as Ragweed.
  • Wintertime brings plenty of mountain cedar pollen.
  • Mold spores are to be a year-round presence.
  • In many environments, there are perennial allergens such as dust mites, cockroach particles, and pet dander.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

At Juniper Allergy, we understand that Allergic Rhinitis symptoms can distract and negatively impact an individual’s quality of life. We are enthusiastic about helping our patients achieve a fulfilling and healthy existence, free of uncomfortable allergy symptoms.

Our allergist has an in-depth understanding and experience with diagnosing and treating allergic rhinitis and can be consulted. During your appointment, your physician will review your medical past and symptoms and conduct a physical examination.

Following the initial examination, the Doctor may suggest a skin prick test or an allergy blood test to determine and eliminate potential allergens.

At Juniper Allergy, we can help decrease your immune system’s sensitivity to your triggers through a few different forms of Immunotherapy, which can reduce the severity, amount, and duration of your symptoms.

Patients may undergo sublingual Immunotherapy (allergy drops) or subcutaneous Immunotherapy (allergy shots) for immunotherapy options. Additionally, patients who undergo allergy shot therapy can select between a personalized Cluster Immunotherapy plan and Traditional Immunotherapy.

Need a Consultation?

We are pleased to offer personalized consultation with our Doctor to address your needs. To arrange an appointment, please get in touch with us via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Author: Dr. Amanda Trott, MD
NPI number: 1568653756
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