Allergic rhinitis continues to affect people over 55

Allergic rhinitis is often recognised as a disease affecting young adults, yet it is still a common disease faced by people aged 55 and over.

Typical symptoms of this allergy, also known as hayfever, include nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing and postnasal drip. All these can have an impact on daily activities like sleep.

In a study about allergic rhinitis by Meda Pharmaceuticals 37% of hayfever sufferers were aged 55 and above. The study found that 68% of all participants said hayfever impacted their ability to think straight and concentrate, 53% said they were unlikely to attend social functions, and 28% of people said they were unsatisfied with their treatment.

Some people who have suffered from the disease for 40 years or more have learnt to live with it and have been unsuccessful in finding the correct treatment. But modern medicine is advancing and there are now many more products available today to treat allergies.

Patients should still remember that one of the best ways to manage allergic rhinitis is by reducing exposure to allergens that are found both indoors and outdoors.

Indoor triggers include dust, dust mite, pet dander and mould. Outdoor triggers include tree pollen, grass pollen and weed pollen.

Those who have been diagnosed with allergic rhinitis for a number of years should consider scheduling another consultation with a doctor to review their condition and reassess their treatment.

A doctor can recommend the latest and most suitable products to patients who have been suffering for years, as there are many additional options now available.

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