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Allergy season is in the air- oh yes, the pun is intended.  And people with seasonal allergies don’t need to hear about the pollen count – their runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes will let them know. These symptoms, collectively known as allergic rhinitis, may present themselves during the changes in season- spring or fall,  but some patients also have year round symptoms due to an allergy to dust, mites or dander, to name a few. 


What are the common symptoms of allergies?  Some common complaints associated with allergic rhinitis are: runny nose; sneezing; itchy and watery eyes, nose, and throat; sinus congestion; skin rashes; hives; diarrhea and frequent urination.  The biological basis of this is fairly well understood.  The normal response of a healthy body when it encounters an allergen is an activation of the immune system which then destroys/gets rid of the allergen.  However, this activation sometimes goes into overdrive, causing these s...

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