NEW Asthma & Allergic Rhinitis Booklet - Controlling your Hayfever & Rhinitis
Every year approximately one in ten people in Ireland experience the discomfort of allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hayfever. Some people only have symptoms during the summer; this is called seasonal allergic rhinitis. Others have hay fever-like symptoms all year round; this is called 'perennial allergic rhinitis'.
Asthma and allergic rhinitis are related conditions linked by a common airway. For this reason, international guidelines recommend that asthma and allergic rhinitis should be treated together.
Our new booklet, Asthma & Allergic Rhinitis, describes the symptoms and causes of both conditions, and offers practical advice on how to avoid your triggers and find the treatment that's right for you. If you have an allergy your body reacts when you come into contact with a particular allergen. If allergens are inhaled or if they come into contact with your eyes, they irritate the sensitive linings of your nose throat and eyes. This causes the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
Typical symptoms of seasonal and perennial rhinitis are:
- itchy, blocked or runny nose
- red, itchy or watery eyes
- itchy throat, inner ear or mouth
- post nasal drip
- loss of concentration and generally feeling unwell
How can I control my symptoms?
People with allergic rhinitis should visit their GP and complete a plan in advance of the high pollen season. Once you have spoken to your healthcare professional and found the most suitable treatment for your hayfever it is important to remain compliant with your medication and to ensure that your inhaler technique is correct.
In addition to taking your medication there are some practical steps you can take in order to minimise your exposure to the allergens that trigger your hayfever.
For more detailed information helpful tips on minimizing exposure to allergens, as well as advice to help you manage your condition effectively, read or download Asthma & Allergic Rhinitis Booklet.
If you would like to discuss your asthma or allergic rhinitis with an Asthma Nurse Specialist contact our Asthma Adviceline on 1850 44 54 64 Monday to Friday, 10am - 1pm.