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Based on your previous response, official ARIA guidelines would suggest the possibility of:
Mild Allergic Rhinitis
Further, given your earlier responses indicating the possibility of persistent symptoms, the overall result indicates the possibility of:
MILD-PERSISTENT 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 “Persistent” meaning symptoms are present more than 4 days a week, and persist for more than 4 consecutive weeks at a time.
If your doctor confirms that you have allergic rhinitis, find out exactly which version you have:
- Moderate/severe-Intermittent or;
Write it down and use that wording when discussing your condition with other healthcare professionals.
Some considerations that mild-persistent sufferers might like to discuss with healthcare professionals include:
Is there a mono-treatment available for me?
A “mono-treatment” (meaning one single treatment or ‘fix-all’ medication that will control your symptoms) may be available for you.
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 on an ongoing basis.
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 more severe than “mild” on occasions, including:
- on days of high pollen counts
- during trips to a new area with new pollen
- whilst nearby lawns are being mowed or disturbed
- 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 medical advice at any time.
Is mild-persistent 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 you see a doctor.
Further, never hesitate 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 not controlling 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 my appointment”.
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?
A combination of your doctor, your pharmacist, your nutritionist, the internet and other reliable information sources may be able to help you answer this question.
You may be able to either reduce your suffering significantly with a single medication, however your hayfever is persistent, so for the time being at least you should seek medical treatment.
Perhaps you may even go along way towards beating your hayfever with some disciplined lifestyle choices and appropriate product purchases.
You should definitely commence all out warfare on mould and dust mites in and around your bedroom and home to see if things improve.
Keep in mind that persistent symptoms can indicate the possibility of asthma and/or another type of respiratory/inflammatory condition or allergy.