Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is the most common allergic respiratory disease in adults in the community. We call allergic rhinitis or hay fever as the allergic inflammation of the nose, which manifests itself with runny nose, itching, congestion and sneezing more than 5 times in a row, depending on the destruction of the allergen-causing substances in the nose. Allergic rhinitis in adults may be associated with allergic conjunctivitis, allergic sinusitis, or asthma, usually with the destruction of other organs by allergens.
Is Allergic Rhinitis Common in Adults?
Allergic rhinitis is the most common allergic disease among allergic diseases, especially in adults. Although it varies regionally between 10% and 20% on average in Turkey, it is seen in one out of every 5 adults.
What are the Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis in Adults?
Allergic rhinitis shows itself in the form of sneezing, runny nose, itching and nasal congestion, especially when you get up in the morning or go outdoors in spring.
Especially when the spring comes, the complaints of patients with pollen allergy in the form of sneezing, runny nose, itching and nasal congestion gradually recur every year.
Is Allergic Rhinitis an Important Disease?
Allergic rhinitis in adults is a serious health problem that affects both health and social life of individuals and impairs their quality of life. Allergic rhinitis is not only in the form of runny nose, itching, congestion and sneezing, but unfortunately it also brings other health problems in the future.
What Causes Allergic Rhinitis?
As it is known, allergic rhinitis causes other diseases such as itching in the eyes, sinusitis, nasal polyp formation, otitis media, hearing impairment and asthma, depending on the effect on other organs. In addition to the complaints of allergic rhinitis, complaints due to damage to other organs are added over time. Allergic rhinitis disrupts the work and school concentration and sleep pattern of the person due to the persistence of these complaints for a long time, except for the complaints of itching, congestion, discharge and sneezing in the nose. It negatively affects the business success of people in working life and their dialogue with people. It negatively affects school and classroom success, especially in childhood. Patients with disturbed sleep patterns experience a loss of concentration in tasks that require attention. It can also lead to accidents in traffic that requires attention.
As a result;
- Allergic rhinitis is an allergic disease that causes nasal discharge, itching, congestion and sneezing as a result of damage to the nasal mucosa due to various allergens.
- Allergic rhinitis is a serious health problem with damage to other organs.