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Allergic Rhinitis Specialist

Advanced Allergy Associates

Cheryl Williams, M.D.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Physician located in New Orleans, LA

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, causes symptoms like a chronically runny nose, congestion, and sneezing. At Advanced Allergy Associates, Cheryl Williams, MD, focuses on relieving these symptoms and reducing your exposure to the allergies that cause them. Call today to book an appointment and get started with treatment for allergic rhinitis.

Allergic Rhinitis Q & A

What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is most commonly known as hay fever. The condition occurs when your immune system has an abnormal reaction to an otherwise harmless substance. 

Some people have seasonal allergic rhinitis, usually due to airborne grass, tree, or weed pollen. Others may experience allergic rhinitis year-round. These persistent allergies are often triggered by allergens such as dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, or mold. 

What are the symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis usually shows up as nasal congestion and respiratory symptoms. You may experience:

  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Itchy eyes, nose, or tongue
  • Fatigue

Allergic rhinitis can also trigger asthma symptoms or lead to sinus infections. Allergic rhinitis doesn’t usually cause a fever unless you have a secondary infection.

Allergic rhinitis can cause you to become irritable and moody. You may see it negatively affect work and school productivity as well. 

What is the goal of allergic rhinitis treatment?

The goal of treatment for allergic rhinitis is to reduce the severity of your symptoms and restore your quality of life. 

Your treatment plan will include identification of the likely triggers of your allergy and ways to avoid exposure. You usually undergo a skin prick test to determine your particular allergens.

In addition, Dr. Williams may recommend: 

  • Intranasal corticosteroids
  • Antihistamines
  • Nasal sprays

Because many triggers of allergic rhinitis are airborne, it’s nearly impossible to avoid them entirely. Dr. Williams can help you with behavioral changes that at least minimize your exposure to allergens that trigger allergic rhinitis. She may recommend that you keep your windows closed during seasons of high pollen and opt for air conditioning. 

You don’t have to suffer the unpleasant symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Seek support from the team at Advanced Allergy Associates. Call the office today to set up an appointment or use the online tool to request your visit.