Grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis


What is grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever, causes a variety of symptoms including, stuffy nose, itchy skin or eyes and frequent sneezing. Grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis is a specific type of hay fever that is due to pollens from grass, trees and weeds. This is a type of allergic sensitivity that usually develops in the spring, summer and early fall seasons.

At CompreCare, we provide a variety of specialty therapies for grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis. Please feel free to contact us at 1-888-644-8326 or email us at info@comprecarehealth.com to learn how we can help you.

What are the signs and symptoms of grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis?
General hay fever symptoms usually include:
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose or sinus congestion
  • Itchy and/or watery eyes
  • Itchy skin or mouth
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Cough
  • Fatigue

In grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis, these symptoms will usually develop after being outdoors where exposure to grass pollens occurs.

How is grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis diagnosed?

Allergic rhinitis is usually diagnosed by an allergist or another specialist known as an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist). Diagnosis is typically done through a combination of history of symptoms, physical exams and allergy testing. Skin testing may be done in order to figure out which exact allergen is causing symptoms. Skin testing can be in the form of prick or scratch testing in which a small drop of the allergen is placed onto the skin and a reaction is noted in 10 to 20 minutes. There is also intradermal testing, in which a small amount of the suspected allergen in injected just underneath the skin and the site is checked in 20 minutes to see if a reaction is present.

Patients that are allergic to grass pollens will have a reaction to skin testing with particular grass pollens.

How is grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis treated?

Avoiding allergens that cause symptoms treats allergic rhinitis. Therefore, staying indoors during peak seasons can be very important. Intranasal corticosteroids such as Nasonex (mometasone furoate), Flonase (fluticasone propionate) or Nasacort (triamcinolone acetonide) are often used to reduce nasal symptoms. Antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec (cetirizine) are used in order to reduce widespread allergic symptoms. There are many other medications that are available to ease symptoms. Many of these medications are available over the counter and in pediatric formulations. Please be sure to advise with your doctor before giving these medications to you or your child.

There is also a special treatment for patients with more severe hay fever symptoms due to grass pollen allergies. This treatment is known as Oralair (grass pollen allergen extract). Oralair is an allergy immunotherapy that contains 5 of the most common grass pollens in the US. Oralair is taken for about 4 months prior to the season in which exposure to grass pollens occur. This medication works to prevent hay fever symptoms.

References:

http://acaai.org/allergies/types/hay-fever-rhinitis
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0194599814561600
http://oralair.com/whatisoralair

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