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Allergic rhinitis is a condition characterized by your body’s immune system mistaking substances in the air that you breathe as intruders and then attacking them. Your immune system’s reaction releases substances, such as histamines and leukotrienes that cause inflammation in the nasal lining and the following symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose or congestion
- Itching in the nose, mouth, throat and ears
Seasonal allergic rhinitis – or seasonal allergies – are caused by common outdoor allergens and is often referred to as hay fever, while indoor allergic rhinitis – or perennial allergies – is often triggered by allergens such as animal dander, dust mites or cockroaches.