We don’t realise how much we take breathing for granted until we have some sort of nose inflammation or rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is a medical condition wherein the nose inflammation is due to allergies. It is a very common disease. Statistics show that nearly 20% of the general population worldwide is affected by this condition.
So, what is it all about?
Allergic rhinitis is defined as an infection of the nasal membrane in response to environmental allergens with manifestations including sneezing, rhinorrhoea (runny nose), conjunctival irritation, sinus inflammation and congestion. Eyes may be swollen or red and may have darkening and swollen oedema under the eyelids. Depending on particular allergens, allergic rhinitis symptoms can occur seasonally or year-round. Common allergens include grass, trees, pollens, weeds, molds, dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches and much more.
Allergic rhinitis is primarily diagnosed by clinical history and examination. This is supported by the use of the skin prick test wherein the potential allergen is placed in the skin. After 15 minutes, if the patient is sensitized to the allergen, a flare or redness will appear. Furthermore, serum tests are used if the skin test does not correlate with clinical history.
The first step in allergic rhinitis treatment, although not always possible, is the avoidance of the offending allergen. Patients with dust mite allergies should cover their beddings with dust mite covers. Bed sheets should be changed frequently and washed in hot water. Pets should be kept out of the bedroom and moldy areas should be cleaned.
In terms of medications, the most effective maintenance therapy is an intranasal glucocorticoid that helps the patient get rid of the irritation and discomfort caused due to hay fever, for a meaningful period of time. Antihistamines are used as rescue medications to quickly prevent nasal and eye symptoms. Possible side-effects of these medications include nosebleeds, dry or irritated throat, unpleasant taste in the mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, confusion, mood swings among others.
If the medications don’t seem to work (yes, that happens a lot), one might need something more natural and salubrious. Enter homeopathy.
Allergic rhinitis treatment in homeopathy
Allergic rhinitis treatment in homeopathy has progressed so much in the last few years. Homeopathy treats persistent diseases like allergic rhinitis by killing off the principal cause lying underneath. By doing so, it not only relieves the patient of the external symptoms but also provides him/her with a long-lasting solution to the problem. Testimonials from happy individuals worldwide conclusively prove that there is no better treatment method than homeopathy. Allergic rhinitis is greatly correlated with asthma and other medical conditions and one might aggravate the other if certain allergens play their role.
This condition is also associated with a lot of non-physical aspects such as tension, pressure, anxiety, worry, just to name a few. These psychological components work in a loop with allergic rhinitis, each one directly/indirectly impacting the other. In homeopathy, all of this is closely examined in order to come up with the right remedies for a particular individual.
While there are many treatment options at one’s disposal, choosing a homeopathic medicine for allergic rhinitis will give you the desired relief that you have been looking for.