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Allergic Rhinitis & Conjunctivitis – Symptoms

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Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include stuffy nose, runny nose, post-nasal drip, sneezing, and itching of the nose, throat, roof of the mouth and inner ears. Allergic conjunctivitis can cause itchy red eyes with tearing and, with severe symptoms, can trigger blurry vision and even pain. Nasal allergies can contribute to a condition called eustachian tube dysfunction, in which the swelling blocks the middle ear from draining and can cause a collection of fluid to form, called a middle ear effusion. This can result in feelings of ear fullness, popping, decreased sense of hearing and even ear infections. Although under eye circles can be hereditary and not triggered by a medical condition, some patients who suffer from allergies can have dark circles under their eyes called allergic shiners. A doctor should be consulted if your symptoms are not improving with over the counter medications, such as oral anti-histamines or nasal steroids, as recommended on the package insert. If your quality of life is being impacted by allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis, or you're suffering from ear, eye or sinus infections triggered by your nasal and eye allergies. It's probably a good time to reach out for professional help from a board certified allergist and immunologist who can help.

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