Typically allergic rhinitis affects children and adults. Symptoms can be acute or last less than four weeks a year. It depends on the specific type of allergy. Certain allergens are seasonal and in the air for a short time. Other allergens, pet dander, dust mites, are perennial. Year round. And may cause chronic symptoms that last all year. Non allergic rhinitis occurs mostly in adults, and by nature will be more chronic. Allergic rhinitis symptoms will include runny nose, stuffiness, itchy eyes, watery eyes. Non allergic rhinitis will have a clear runny nose and stuffiness, but does not typically have the itchy eyes and watery eyes. If the symptoms are interfering with daily life activities and bothersome, one should seek medical attention. The doctor will be able to determine if you really have rhinitis or another medical condition. They will also differentiate the type of rhinitis.
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