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Allergic Rhinitis

Ayurvedic methods offer holistic relief for allergic rhinitis, addressing symptoms and restoring nasal health through personalized approaches.


Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, is an inflammatory condition of the nasal passages triggered by allergens such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander. In Ayurveda, allergic rhinitis is viewed as an imbalance in doshas, particularly Kapha and Pitta, and is managed holistically to alleviate symptoms and restore nasal health.


Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, and post-nasal drip. These symptoms are typically seasonal or triggered by specific allergens. Timely diagnosis and management are essential to alleviate discomfort and improve quality of life.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for allergic rhinitis include genetic predisposition, environmental exposures to allergens, air pollution, tobacco smoke, and certain occupational hazards. Additionally, factors like respiratory infections, hormonal changes, and stress can exacerbate allergic reactions. Identifying and avoiding triggers are key for effective management.


Allergic rhinitis can be categorized into several types based on the timing and triggers of symptoms, including seasonal allergic rhinitis (occurring during specific seasons due to pollen exposure), perennial allergic rhinitis (persisting year-round due to indoor allergens like dust mites or pet dander), and occupational allergic rhinitis (triggered by workplace allergens). Understanding these distinctions helps tailor treatment plans to effectively manage symptoms and improve quality of life.


The underlying cause of allergic rhinitis involves an exaggerated immune response to allergens, leading to inflammation of the nasal mucosa. Sensitization to allergens triggers the release of histamine and other inflammatory mediators, resulting in typical allergy symptoms. Understanding the triggers helps guide treatment approaches for optimal outcomes.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing allergic rhinitis involves a comprehensive evaluation of symptoms, medical history, allergy testing (such as skin prick tests or blood tests), and assessment of environmental exposures. Treatment options for allergic rhinitis may include allergen avoidance, medications (such as antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, or decongestants), allergen immunotherapy (desensitization), and complementary therapies.

Ayurvedic approaches to allergic rhinitis management focus on restoring doshic balance through dietary modifications, lifestyle adjustments, herbal remedies, and therapeutic interventions such as Nasya (nasal administration of herbal oils) and steam inhalation with aromatic herbs. Integrating Ayurvedic principles with conventional treatments can provide comprehensive management of allergic rhinitis, addressing underlying imbalances and promoting nasal health and well-being.