Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and your asthma

Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is why I became a Certified Asthma Ambassador with Asthma Canada because my youngest child and I would spend hours in emergency waiting to be assessed by the doctors for his cough. At first my child was seen by a pulmonologist and it was only when a pediatric allergist found some sensitivities to foods that we began to get his asthma under control. Prior to this, my son had seen two allergists who were unable to find any reactions to anything. It took years for me to figure out what was causing him to cough, get his symptoms under control, and then work on the allergic rhinitis which then allowed me to treat his United Airway Disease preventatively. What a relief that was. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.


People who have both asthma and allergic rhinitis should use both a preventer nasal spray and an asthma preventer inhaler regularly.

You may need to see a specialist if you have severe allergies (such as food allergies or severe skin rashes), symptoms that are not typical of allergic rhinitis (such as a constantly blocked or bleeding nose just on one side), or if your symptoms are not getting better with medication.

Can allergic rhinitis make asthma worse?

Allergic rhinitis can make asthma harder to control. People with asthma who also have allergic rhinitis have more visits to hospital or emergency departments and more time off work or school than other people with asthma.

Allergic rhinitis symptoms

You don’t have to have all these symptoms to have allergic rhinitis

• Itchy, runny or blocked nose

• Itchy or watery eyes

• Sneezing

• Always feeling like you have a head cold

• Frequent sore throats

• Hoarse voice

• Breathing through the mouth

• Snoring

• Facial pain or pressure

• Frequent headaches

• Repeatedly getting middle ear infections

• Constantly coughing to clear the throat or soon after lying down to sleep

• Bad breath

• Sleeping badly or being tired during the day

• Breathing problems even when your asthma is well controlled.


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