Allergic Rhinitis can be a distressing condition, and can cause a runny nose (rhinorrhoea), sneezing, itchy eyes and throat, eye redness and watering, coughing, and a feeling of being ‘bunged up’. It’s not always caused by grass or trees (i.e. not all allergic rhinitis is ‘hay fever’), and sometimes people can become sensitised to things around them in their work environment, such as wood dust, animal dander, and dust from grains.
In our clinic, we frequently meet patients who are allergic to the pollen from Birch trees. They will tend to experience symptoms around March to April time, and they may also experience some cross-reaction with pollen from Alder and Hazel trees.
Allergic rhinitis has strong associations with asthma, and allergy testing can be very helpful in identifying the culprit behind the allergic response. Tree pollen can be highly allergenic, and because it’s very fine, it can be carried a long way by the wind. This means you could live a considerable distance from the offending trees, and the cause might only come to light with allergy testing.
Allergic rhinitis isn’t a minor inconvenience. Treating it effectively can help improve your asthma symptoms if you’re a sufferer and help prevent the onset of asthma in children.