For allergy sufferers, the return of good weather means stuffed nose and sneezes. Overall, one third of French people suffer from allergic rhinitis, better known as hay fever, and this number is on the rise.
The most common symptoms are bursts of sneezing, heavy rhinorrhoea (runny nose) or nasal obstruction, and itchy nostrils.
The treatment is symptomatic during the season to best relieve the patient. As an ENT specialist, I always recommend to my patients that they follow a few rules:
Even if the symptoms are mild, untreated allergic rhinitis can worsen and lead to chronic sinusitis. Persistent rhinitis is often associated with asthma, regardless of the extent of the symptoms. It is worthwhile underlining that allergic rhinitis increases the risk of otitis media in children.