Diagnosis of Allergic Rhinitis
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. It is helpful to know when symptoms appear and what was happening at the time. Your doctor may look inside your nose for signs of swelling and irritation. The diagnosis can be made based on symptoms. The doctor may suspect what is causing the problem. Tests may be done to confirm allergens or to help guide treatment. Tests may include:
Allergic rhinitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/allergic-rhinitis. Updated July 9, 2018. Accessed February 14, 2020.
Allergic rhinitis treatment. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website. Available at: https://www.aafa.org/allergy-treatments/. Updated March 2018. Accessed February 14, 2020.
Allergy shots. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology website. Available at: https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/allergy-shots-(immunotherapy). Accessed February 14, 2020.
Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 10/27/2020
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