Allergic Rhinitis | Symptoms & Causes

What causes allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is almost always inherited. The most common causes of allergic rhinitis are:

  • pollen
  • dust mites
  • mold
  • animal dander 

What are the symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

Each child may experience symptoms of allergic rhinitis differently, but common symptoms include:

  • sneezing
  • congestion
  • runny nose
  • itchy nose, throat, eyes and ears
  • nosebleeds
  • clear drainage from the nose

Symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis may also include the following:

  • recurrent ear infections
  • snoring
  • mouth breathing
  • fatigue
  • poor performance in school
  • "allergic salute" - when a child rubs his hand upward across the  bridge of the nose while sniffing

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.

You can help your child avoid allergic rhinitis by:

  • using air conditioning, instead of open windows, during pollen season
  • avoiding areas where there is heavy dust, mites or molds
  • avoiding pets