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

Mild Allergic Rhinitis

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

MILD-INTERMITTENT ALLERGIC RHINITIS

“Mild” meaning that symptoms are present but not troublesome, ie none of the following items are true:

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

… and again “Intermittent” meaning the symptoms are present less than 4 days a week OR the symptoms persist 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

Write it down and use that wording when discussing your condition with other healthcare professionals.
Here are some of the considerations that mild-intermittent sufferers may choose to discuss with healthcare professionals:

Is there a mono-treatment available for me?
“Mono-treatment” – meaning a ‘single treatment’ or ‘fix-all’ medication that will control your symptoms – could well be possible.

A new-generation antihistamine (either via the stomach in the case of tablets, or direct to the site of suffering in the case of an antihistamine spray) may be enough to relieve your symptoms.

Can/should I increase dosage if my hayfever gets worse?
You need to discuss with a doctor or pharmacy professional what the maximum dosage levels are, as your symptoms could become worse than mild on occasions, including:

  • on a day with extremely high pollen counts
  • during a trip to a new area with new pollen
  • whilst your lawn is being mowed
  • around the time of a thunderstorm

You need to avoid over-dosing on medication if it proves less effective than normal, and be willing to change or add to your treatment options on professional advice at any time.

Is mild-intermittent allergic rhinitis serious enough to see a doctor?
Yes it certainly is, as are any medical concerns you may have. Indeed you don’t even know if you have hayfever until a doctor confirms a diagnosis.

Also, you should always be prepared to return to your doctor for another appointment with her if your symptoms become more severe, or if they become more persistent, 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 “Well I shouldn’t bother the doctor again so soon after my appointment”.

Rest assured that 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?
A combination of your doctor, your pharmacist, your nutritionist, the internet and discussion with experience hayfever sufferers may be able to help you answer this question.

Certainly, if you have mild-intermittent allergic rhinitis you may be able to either eradicate your suffering with a single medication free from serious side-effects, or successfully beat your hayfever with some disciplined dietary and lifestyle choices along with some appropriate product purchases.