Are you sneezing almost every day particularly during the morning? Well, you should know that this might be one of the allergic rhinitis symptoms. You should also know that if left untreated, there will be complications that can significantly impair your quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about it.
Complications of allergic rhinitis
As a result of allergic rhinitis symptoms, you might have sleep disturbances, fatigue, irritability, depression and paying attention. When left untreated, allergic rhinitis often becomes chronic and might lead to complications including:
- Acute or Chronic Sinusitis
Sinusitis is one of the common complications of allergic rhinitis. It’s where the sinuses become inflamed or infected.
- Middle Ear Infections
Middle ear infections can also develop as a complication of nasal problems, including allergic rhinitis. These infections can occur if rhinitis causes a problem with the Eustachian tube, which connects the back of the nose and middle ear, at the back of the nose. If this tube does not function properly, fluid can build up in the middle ear behind the eardrum and become infected. There is also this very possibility of infection at the back of the nose spreading to the ear through the Eustachian tube.
Other complications include:
- Chronic nasal inflammation and obstruction which can lead to more serious complications in the airways
- Sleep apnea or other sleep disturbances
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Dental problems caused by excessive mouth breathing
Allergic rhinitis is also linked to increased chances of developing asthma, as well as asthma flares, worsening symptoms and difficult-to-control asthma in those with existing asthma.
Psychological effects of untreated allergic rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis usually develops during childhood and it is the most common chronic allergic disorder seen in children. Children experience significant impairment through multiple physical and psychological aspects. Their symptoms like a runny nose often make them embarrassed in school, have decreased social interaction and are at double the risk of accidental injury. Nasal congestion, in particular, is associated with sleep disturbance and resultant daytime fatigue. Untreated allergic rhinitis might affect children’s learning and examination performance.
As a result of untreated allergic rhinitis in adults, there can be a reduction in the overall quality of life. This has a harmful effect on adult cognitive processes like productivity at work as well as other common attention-requiring activities like driving. So, ideal management of the disease should address both its physical and mental consequences.
Diagnosis of allergic rhinitis
Skin tests can help the diagnosis of allergic rhinitis, which includes:
- Skin prick test: This test uses a small amount of purified allergen extract that is pricked into the skin of your arm and then it is observed for any signs of an allergic reaction. A positive test for this test would be a raised bump at the tested site that will confirm your allergy to the injected substance.
- Intradermal tests: In this test, the allergen extract is injected between layers of the skin and observed for allergic reaction on the tested site.
Allergic rhinitis treatment options
The conventional allergic rhinitis treatment includes anti-allergic medicines and immune modulators. But there can be possible side effects to the conventional treatment including drug dependency and toxicity. If you’re looking for a safe and natural allergic rhinitis treatment, go for homeopathy as it comes with no drug dependency and no side effects. Homeopathic medicines mainly target the body’s immune system, which helps to reduce hypersensitivity to the allergens. In the long run, with homeopathic treatment, patients are known to react less aggressively to the allergens, which gradually help to cure hypersensitivity.
You shouldn’t ignore allergic rhinitis symptoms and if left untreated, it can lead to further complications. This is exactly when the relevance of the saying, “Prevention is better than cure” comes into the picture. This is the reason why it is recommended to visit your nearest homeopathy clinic and consult your homeopath.