Allergic Rhinitis/Hay Fever

What is Rhinitis – Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis – Perennial Allergic Rhinitis?

What Is (Seasonal) Allergic Rhinitis?

Rhinitis is a term used to describe symptoms produced by inflammation or irritation of the nasal passages. Allergic rhinitis, more commonly referred to as “hay fever,” affects more than 15% of adults and children. Rhinitis often presents with:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Itching
  • Sneezing

Allergic rhinitis takes two different forms: seasonal allergic rhinitis, and perennial allergic rhinitis. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is often caused by outdoor allergens, such as grass pollen, tree pollen, ragweed, weeds, and mold spores, while perennial allergic rhinitis results from sensitivity to indoor allergens, such as pet dander or dust mites. Many of our patients are diagnosed as having both forms of rhinitis. Both seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis can lead to complications such as sinusitis, sore throat, fatigue and ear infections.

Not all rhinitis is caused by an allergic reaction. Non-allergic rhinitis, or vasomotor rhinitis, can be triggered by cigarette smoke, strong fumes and odors, alcohol and even spices. Because allergic rhinitis and vasomotor rhinitis present with similar symptoms, they can be confused for one another. At the Center for Asthma & Allergy, world class allergist Dr. Atul Shah can determine which condition you have, and help alleviate the discomfort triggered by indoor and outdoor allergens.


Whether you suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis, perennial allergic rhinitis, or vasomotor rhinitis, Dr. Shah can ease the distress and disruption to your daily routine caused by rhinitis.

If you suffer from perennial or seasonal allergic rhinitis, come see Dr. Shah. The Center for Asthma & Allergy in Shirley, Long Island, New York has proudly served Suffolk County, as well as clients from all over the world, for more than a decade. Please contact Dr. Shah’s office at 631-395-5464 for a consultation to discuss all of your symptoms with Long Island’s premier allergy & asthma specialist.

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