|Posted on July 3, 2010 at 3:47 AM|
By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore
Allergic rhinitis is a common condition causing considerable distress to the sufferer.Allergic rhinitis is the commonest allergy encountered in clinical pratice and constitutes more than 50% of all allergies seen in india. In fact, 1 in 6 people suffer from allergic rhinitis, which makes it the commonest chronic disease of man today and even now it’s incidence is steadily increasing.
Allergic rhinitis is characterised by
What are the complications of Allergic rhinitis ?
Longstanding allergic rhinitis produces mucociliary abnormalities in the lining of the nose and respiratory passages producing complications in the nose, adjacent sinuses , ear ,throat and lower air passages.This commonly manifests in the form of
Due to the high incidence of allergic rhinitis in our country and locality we should be aware of the complications of this common condition.
How is Allergic rhinitis Diagnosed?
Assessment of person with allergic symptoms will include a detailed history and physical examination by the ENT Specialist. Certain conditions closely mimic allergic rhinitis [e.g. vasomotor rhinitis, allergic fungal sinusitis] and it is very important to clinch the diagnosis.Often the patient would have been taking various over the counter anti-allergy medicines for long periods when actually he is suffering from some other condition altogether! Hematological investigations and radiological assesment may be required based on the individual patient.
What are the precautions if you have Allergic rhinitis ?
Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal
MBBS MS ENT[AIIMS]
Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgery
Sonia & Prateek's ENT Speciality Center,Sahakaranagar, Bangalore
ENT Specialist Bangalore