severe Perennial Allergic Rhinitis (PAR)

Severe Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Severe perennial allergic rhinitis (PAR) is an allergic inflammation of the nasal passageways, characterized by allergy symptoms which remain consistent over long periods of time. Common symptoms of PAR include sneezing, a runny or congested nose, itchy eyes, mouth, nose and throat, post-nasal drip and facial pain. Some individuals with PAR may also experience ear stuffiness, sinus headaches or fatigue.

Allergic rhinitis is generally caused by an allergic reaction to certain outdoor allergens, such as pollen or mold spores, and indoor allergens, such as dust mites, animal dander, and cockroach body parts. PAR can be diagnosed based on medical history, physical examination and testing for allergens.

Treating Severe Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

Treating PAR often includes avoiding the triggers, such as dust mites, animal dander and pollen, as much as possible while also control symptoms with medications. Medications used to manage PAR include antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, decongestants, anti-leukotrienes, and immunotherapy. Surgery may also be used in some cases to reduce allergy symptom, such as nasal polyps or deviated septum surgery.

Home Remedies for Treating PAR

In addition to medication, there are also home remedies that are effective in managing the symptoms of PAR. These include:

  • Regularly clean sheets, blankets and curtains in hot water.
  • Keep the humidity in the home below 50%.
  • Reduce exposure to pets.
  • Reduce dust in the home.
  • Clean floors and carpets regularly.
  • Avoid smoking and exposure to smoke.
  • Keep windows closed during times when pollen is high.
  • Take a shower after outdoor activities.