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How does allergic rhinitis affect the body?

Allergic rhinitis affects the body by causing sinus irritation. You will likely experience cold symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. These symptoms may cause general discomfort and difficulty breathing.

Allergic rhinitis is often diagnosed merely by its symptoms. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have family members who have allergic rhinitis as well. In some cases, your doctor can perform a blood or skin test to check for sensitivity to certain substances that could trigger an allergic reaction.

Unfortunately, the only way to prevent allergic rhinitis is to avoid the allergens that cause your symptoms. This can be difficult at times, but there are steps you can take. For example, if pet dander is causing allergic rhinitis, wash your pets at least once a week. If pollen or plants outside are bothering you, close your windows and limit outdoor activities.

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