Advanced, effective treatment for allergic rhinitis in SC’s Midlands.

Aligned right image of little girl blowing a dandelion to the windAllergic rhinitis is a diagnosis associated with various allergic symptoms that affect the nose. It runs in families and affects up to 25% of the population. Sometimes, it is referred to as “hay fever,” particularly when the symptoms are caused by seasonal allergies.

Many symptoms of allergic rhinitis are shared with the common cold, but they aren’t caused by virus. Instead, symptoms are caused by breathing in a substance to which you are allergic—and it doesn’t have to be hay. (It also doesn’t need to be accompanied by a fever.)

Could your symptoms be due to allergic rhinitis?

Here are the common symptoms of allergic rhinitis:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus infections
  • Excess mucus
  • Headache
  • Bloody nose
  • Nasal polyps
  • Itchy, watery, burning or red eyes
  • Popping or sense of fullness in the ears
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath

CAAC’s specialists get to the bottom of your symptoms.

To understand what is triggering your symptoms, essential to determining your optimal treatment, our board-certified allergy-immunology specialists conduct a detailed medical history with you as well as allergy skin testing. As leaders in advanced allergy care, we use today’s most effective diagnostic methods, including tests other types of physicians may not be aware of. In addition, we have long experience dealing with the allergens specific to Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw and Newberry Counties.

If it’s allergic rhinitis, it could be seasonal or year-round.

There are two types of allergic rhinitis:

  • Seasonal – Usually occurring in spring, summer and fall, seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms are caused by sensitivities to airborne pollens from grass, weeds and trees as well as to airborne mold spores.
  • Perennial – Meaning “year-round,” perennial allergic rhinitis is typically caused by allergic sensitivity to pet dander and/or hair, dust mites, cockroaches, mice or mold.

Get the right care, find relief, and steer clear of complications and prolonged misery.

Despite its name, perennial allergic rhinitis does not have to be forever. In fact, both forms are treatable, and board-certified allergy/immunology doctors—like those here at Carolina Allergy & Asthma Consultants—are best able to treat either type. And it’s very important to seek treatment that will be truly effective at reducing symptoms and improving your quality of life.

Symptoms can lead to long-term complications, such as asthma or recurrent sinus inflammation/infection. In addition, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, despite being relied on by millions, are not as effective as real medical treatment from credentialed allergy specialists. Also, people commonly don’t use OTC medications correctly.

The complete range of advanced treatments for allergic rhinitis.

For allergic rhinitis, our treatment recommendations depend on the specifics of your health history, your allergic triggers and other factors, such as lifestyle. Here are the options typically recommended for providing lasting relief:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as pet and/or dust avoidance
  • Antihistamines
  • Nasal steroids
  • Decongestants
  • Leukotriene inhibitors
  • Immunotherapy

Advanced, highly accessible care for adults and children.

With Carolina Allergy & Asthma Consultants, you get The Midlands’ most advanced care delivered by experienced, compassionate experts. In addition, we offer unsurpassed accessibility, including next-day or same-day appointments, and new-patient appointments in less than a week.

In addition, our doctors are experts in caring for kids with allergies. In many instances, parents aren’t able to recognize kids’ symptoms—and deteriorating performance in school—as being attributable to allergies. Also, there is a progression known as the “allergic march.” This is when younger children (ages 3 to 5) get eczema and go on to develop allergic rhinitis, which can progress to asthma. This progression can be interrupted by immunotherapy. We are experienced, highly competent specialists in immunotherapy as a way to reduce or end your allergic rhinitis and the suffering it causes.

For more information about allergic rhinitis, or to schedule an appointment, call 803-973-7956. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.