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Based on your previous response, official ARIA guidelines would suggest the possibility of:

Moderate/severe Allergic Rhinitis

Further, given your earlier responses indicating relatively infrequent (intermittent) symptoms, the overall result indicates the possibility of:

MODERATE/SEVERE-INTERMITTENT ALLERGIC RHINITIS

“Moderate/severe” meaning that one or more of the following items are true:

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  • Sleep disturbance
  • Impairment of daily activities
  • Impairment of work/study

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… and again, “Intermittent” meaning symptoms occur for less than 4 days a week OR for less than 4 consecutive weeks at a time.

If your doctor confirms that you have allergic rhinitis, find out exactly which version you have:[list line=”no”]

  • Mild-Intermittent
  • Mild-Persistent
  • Moderate/severe-Intermittent or;
  • Moderate/severe-Persistent

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Write it down and use that wording when discussing your condition with other healthcare professionals.
For your consideration, some points that the more severe hayfever sufferers may discuss with healthcare professionals  include:

Is there a mono-treatment available for me?
“Mono-treatment” means a single treatment or ‘fix-all’ medication that will control your symptoms all by itself.

Such medication may be of mild or medium-level potency, so it is unlikely that you will get away with using just one weapon against your hayfever to achieve relief all the time.

Often a combination of intranasal corticosteroids and antihistamines are recommended by healthcare professionals.

Your long-term goal should be to try and reduce your hayfever from Moderate/severe down to Mild, through diet and lifestyle/habit changes, so that you may be able to manage your condition with minimal medication.

Can/should I increase dosage if the medication isn’t working?
You need to discuss with a doctor or pharmacy professional what the maximum dosage levels are, as your symptoms could become more persistent at any time, for example:[list line=”no” style=”style3″]

  • during a year with extremely high pollen counts
  • during an extended trip to a new area with new pollen
  • from increased exposure to allergens due to work conditions

[/list]You need to avoid over-dosing on medication if it proves less effective than expected, and be willing to change or add to your treatment options at any time.

Should I see a doctor?
Yes you certainly should. Your hayfever may be serious enough that standard medication is not sufficient, so be prepared to also be referred to a specialist if the doctor considers it necessary.

Indeed you don’t even know if you have hayfever until you see a doctor, it could be something else that you’re suffering from, or there could be additional allergies/conditions.

Importantly, never hesitate to return to your doctor for another appointment with her if your symptoms worsen or start to persist for longer periods, if your medication is unable to control your hayfever, or if you experience any side-effects.

One of the most common mistakes of struggling hayfever sufferers is thinking “I shouldn’t bother the doctor again so soon after just visiting her”.

Rest assured, doctors do not feel inconvenienced or annoyed by repeat visits.

Any doctor will be happy to see you again soon after your initial appointment, or as many times as necessary in relation to new/additional concerns you have, or as a result of unsatisfactory medication effects etc.

Can I control my hayfever without medication?
Most likely not.

Moderate/severe allergic rhinitis is not to be taken lightly, cannot be ignored, and often requires not only high-strength medication, but lifestyle (and often dietary) changes as well.

A combination of your doctor, your pharmacist, your nutritionist and other reputable information sources should be utilised to find the solution/s right for you.

 

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