Symptoms and Signs of Allergic Rhinitis

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Symptoms and Signs of Allergic Rhinitis

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis usually occur shortly after coming in contact with allergens. Sneezing is often paroxysmal.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis usually occur shortly after coming in contact with allergens. Diagnosis is usually made based on the following symptoms:

  • Sneezing, this is often paroxysmal, i.e. sudden and uncontrollable
  • Itchy nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin, or any area
  • Problems with smell, for example temporary anosmia (loss of smell), hyposmia (decreased sense of smell)
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Tearing eyes

Symptoms that may arise later include:

  • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
  • Coughing
  • Clogged ears and decreased sense of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Puffiness under the eyes
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Headache
  • Memory problems and slowed thinking

References:

  1. Cecil Medicine, 23rd Ed.
  2. The Merck Manual, 18th Ed.

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