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Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

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Symptoms are caused when allergens or irritants create excessive congestion in the normal breathing process. Both perennial and seasonal allergic rhinitis cause the same symptoms, which may include:

  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy nose, ears, or throat
  • Sinus pressure
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Dark circles under your eyes—allergic shiners
  • Postnasal drip
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Chronic cough

Revision Information

  • Allergic rhinitis. American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology website. Available at: Accessed October 6, 2015.

  • Allergic rhinitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated June 8, 2015. Accessed October 6, 2015.