We all would have suffered some time or other a bout of sneezing but in few cases, it may cause discomfort and affect the quality of life. In fact as per WHO affects about 20% of the world’s population.
Allergic Rhinitis, as the name suggests is a sensitive reaction of the immune system to the general allergens present in the surroundings. It is characterized by sneezing with or without discharge and itching inside the nose on exposure to allergen. In some it may even lead to asthmatic attack or allergic dermatitis.
It is an immune mediated allergic reaction with the prime culprit being IgE antibodies which is associated with release of histamine, the chemical associated with inflammation. The allergens are usually found commonly in atmosphere like pollen, animal dander, dust mite, mold, aerosols, smoke and pollution from industries and automobiles, etc. In some mild change in temperature, or sudden exposure to bright light/intense sun light may trigger the reaction. It may be seasonal – limited to one season mostly when pollen are released and also known as hay fever or may be perennial in which the symptoms persist throughout the year.[/vc_column_text][dt_vc_list dividers=”false”]
Besides these common symptoms some may also have itching, swelling and watering of eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). As stated earlier in some it may also lead to allergic dermatitis of skin or may trigger asthmatic attack.
Homeopathy gives a good solution to allergic rhinitis. It’s medications are selected based on the constitution of the person i.e. by assessing the person’s mental, physical, emotional, social symptoms. The medicines not only help in alleviating the symptoms at the time of episode but also helps to reduce the hypersensitive reaction of the immune system thereby improving the quality of life and reducing allergic rhinitis. Some of the important medications which can help in allergic rhinitis are: