Dr. Angelo Consiglio: Causes, Symptoms, and Relief of Allergic Rhinitis

Born and educated in Chicago, Angelo Consiglio, MD, specializes in the ears, nose, and throat as he treats both adult and pediatric patients in his Marathon and Key West, Florida, office locations.

Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as seasonal or nasal allergies, affects about 10 to 20 percent of Americans. The most common nasal allergies are triggered by airborne substances such as mold, animal dander, dust mites, and pollen from trees, grass, and ragweed. When these allergens are inhaled, the chemical histamine is released and causes unpleasant symptoms. Those who suffer from outdoor allergies often experience them more severely in the late spring, summer, or early fall, while indoor allergies from pets or dust can affect sufferers year-round and prove difficult to prevent.

Symptoms, often similar to those of the common cold, can include sneezing, runny nose, nasal and/or ear congestion, headaches, sore throat, and itchy and watery eyes. Children with allergic rhinitis may also experience symptoms related to their sleep patterns, such as sleepwalking or sleep apnea. Conditions including asthma or eczema often worsen nasal allergies.