Many individuals suffer from allergies, including children and adults alike. However, sometimes, allergies can get in the way of your everyday activities with uncomfortable and annoying symptoms. If you are living with allergies and wish to get your symptoms under control, our physicians at Associates of Otolaryngology can help.


What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis, also known as allergies or hay fever, is a common occurrence in many patients. Allergies occur when your body’s immune system attacks the particles in the air that you breathe in. In turn, this causes common allergy symptoms to occur, including a runny nose and sneezing.

Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

Common symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis include:

  • Repetitive sneezing
  • A runny nose and postnasal drip
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Itchiness in your ears, nose, and throat

To diagnose allergic rhinitis, one of our ENT physicians will examine you and talk to you about your symptoms. In some cases, an allergy test can be done to help determine what you are allergic to.

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Allergic Rhinitis Treatment

There is presently no cure for allergies, though there are some things that can be done to help lessen your symptoms. Doing your best to avoid the cause for your symptoms is one of the best things you can do. Cleaning your house regularly to eliminate dust, mold, and animal dander, as well as avoiding the outdoors when pollen counts are high can all help.
Over-the-counter allergy medications can often help to control symptoms. In cases where allergies are more severe, immunotherapy is an option to help reduce symptoms. This consists of allergy shots that will help your body to become familiar with the allergy over time, lessening your body’s reaction to allergens.

If you are located in the Denver or Lone Tree areas, contact our office today to learn more about your treatment options for allergic rhinitis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the signs of allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis often present with nasal congestion, postnasal drip, sneezing, and itchy eyes. The presence of darkened skin under the eyes (allergic shiners) and the presence of an allergic nasal crease are less common signs.

How long can allergic rhinitis last?

Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal, or year-round, depending on the allergen.

What is the main cause of allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is caused by inflammation or a reaction of the sensitive nasal mucosa to irritants in the environment. Tree, grass, or weed pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust mite are the most common irritants.




Allison Rasband, M.D.

Dr. Allison Rasband received her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and is board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology. She performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric ear, nose, and throat problems, with a special interest in pediatrics and the surgical treatment of nasal and sinus problems. She loves spending time with her husband, four kids, and yellow lab and enjoys skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.

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