Types of Allergic RhinitisInformation about the various types of work-related allergic rhinitis
The Different Types/Stages Of Allergic Rhinitis
There are three main types of Allergic Rhinitis:
Seasonal – when the symptoms appear only during certain times of the year. This is most commonly referred to as Hay Fever and sufferers only experience the symptoms during the time of year that plants disperse their pollen, namely spring and summer.
Perennial – when sufferers experience symptoms throughout the year.
Occupational – when sufferers only experience the symptoms during, or as a result of spending time at work.
Whether the condition manifests itself seasonally, all year round or only during or after spending time at work, the different stages of the condition are similar in all cases of allergic rhinitis.
Intermittent mild symptoms
In low-level cases sufferers might experience occasional, mild symptoms such as an itchy nose, a slight reddening of the eyes or perhaps sneezing slightly more than usual. These symptoms may present themselves every now and then, or even very rarely – perhaps during time of peak pollen dispersal or during time spent in particularly dusty environments.
Persistent mild or intermittent moderate to severe symptoms
Once someone has become sensitised to an allergen their body will always react to it, even in very small quantities. If a sufferer’s nose constantly seems to be runny, or their eyes are frequently red and sore, perhaps with an itchy throat and more frequent sneezing, this could be a sign that the condition is worsening or occurring more frequently.
Persistent moderate to severe symptoms
In some cases, allergic rhinitis can make a sufferer’s life quite miserable. Constantly streaming nose and running eyes, an itchy, sore throat and frequent sneezing, along with a painful cough and sometimes difficulty breathing is an uncomfortable combination at any time, but when these symptoms are persistent they can lead to tiredness and fatigue, particularly if the condition makes quality sleep difficult to achieve.
Early and Late reactions
Depending on the nature of the allergen and the volume and duration of exposure to it, some sufferers will experience symptoms almost immediately afterwards, whereas others may not notice any symptoms for up to six hours after the exposure has taken place. The early reaction is usually characterized by sneezing and the development of rhinorrhoea (a runny nose) which is caused by the body producing histamine and leukotrienes to protect itself. In contrast, the later reaction is often characterised by inflammation of the nose and difficulty with breathing through the nose as a result of the interior becoming inflamed and then obstructing the airflow.
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