Diagnosis and Treatment

Doctors diagnose nasal allergies by:

  • what you tell them about your symptoms
  • what you tell them about your medical history
  • a physical exam that may include tests to identify the substances to which you are allergic

There are 3 main approaches to treating nasal allergies:

  • avoidance, where you try to stay away from the substances that trigger your symptoms
  • medications, which you take to either treat or prevent symptoms
  • immunotherapy, where you receive injections that can help you become less sensitive to the substances causing allergic reactions

Nasal allergies aren't something you should ignore. Left untreated, they can lead to sinus, throat, ear, and stomach problems. Some of the more serious complications include:

  • sinus infections
  • nasal polyps
  • ear infections
  • asthma flare-ups
  • emotional and social problems

For more information about allergies and allergy treatments, see the links on the next page.