allergic rhinitis may cause a number of health
Sinus infections (sinusitis).
Allergic rhinitis can block the tubes that drain the sinuses, leading to
infection of the sinus cavities (acute
sinusitis). Symptoms include pain in the front of the
head and upper face,
postnasal drip, stuffy nose, and thick, colored
mucus. With a severe sinus infection, you may have a
fever and feel sick. Allergic rhinitis can also cause long-lasting (chronic)
inflammation of the sinus
Plugged ears, pressure or pain in the ears, and ear
infections (otitis media). These can occur when allergic rhinitis
affects how much mucus you have in your ears and the
eustachian tubes, which run between the inside of the
ears and the back of the throat. In children, problems with the eustachian
tubes can lead to difficulty hearing.
people have both allergic rhinitis and asthma. If you have an allergy, you are
more likely to develop asthma. And for people who already have asthma, allergic
rhinitis can cause their asthma symptoms to get worse.
Children who breathe through the mouth for years because
their nose is plugged can get:
A high, narrow roof of the mouth
A pinched-looking face.
Teeth that do not
line up correctly when the child closes his or her mouth (malocclusion).
Allergic rhinitis can also affect your quality of life. You
may avoid seeing people, have problems sleeping, and feel tired or irritable.
You may have trouble with school or work and be less productive.
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