allergic rhinitis may develop within minutes or hours after you
breathe in an allergen . The symptoms can last for days.
Symptoms that often start as soon as you breathe in an allergen include:
- Sneezing over and over again, especially after you wake up in the morning.
- A runny nose.
- A tickle in your throat or coughing caused by postnasal drip.
- Watery, itchy eyes. This may be
- Itchy ears, nose, and throat.
Other symptoms that may take longer to appear include:
- A stuffy nose, possibly with sniffing. This is the most common
symptom in children.
- Breathing through your mouth because your nose is blocked.
- Rubbing your nose. Children tend to do this.
- Eyes being sensitive to light.
- Feeling tired, grumpy, or moody.
- Not sleeping well.
- A long-lasting (chronic) cough.
- Pressure in your ear or having a hard time hearing.
- Discomfort or pain in your face.
- Dark circles or patches under your eyes (allergic shiners).
Other problems with symptoms similar to allergic rhinitis include
upper respiratory infections (URIs), nasal defects,
and inflammation (rhinitis) not caused by an allergen (nonallergic
When symptoms may change
Your symptoms may be better or worse at different times of the year or different times in your life. For example:
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
June 30, 2011
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