What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergies happen when your body’s immune system reacts to a trigger, or allergen, which you are allergic to. If you have allergies and breathe in things like pollen or pet dander, the immune cells in your nose and airways may overreact to these harmless substances, resulting in symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, blocked nose, and itchy and watery eyes.1


• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Nasal itching
• Blocked nose


• Itchy and watery eyes


• Fullness of ears


• Pressure over the forehead and cheeks


• Cough

What causes Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergens found indoors and outdoors are common triggers to your allergies


  • Climatic and/or
    temperature change3
  • Pollen3
  • Grass, trees, weeds3
  • Pollution3


  • House dust mites3
  • Pet dander, fur, saliva3
  • Mould3
  • Insects3

Allergy Tips


  • Identifying and avoiding allergens which triggers symptoms4
  • Use pillow covers, mattresses and comforters which are mite-proof5
  • Hands should be washed immediately after petting animals4
  • Furred pets like cat and dog should be avoided2
  • Use good air filters which can trap even small particles3
  • Use hard flooring instead of carpets5


  • Do not use window fans - these can draw pollen into the house4
  • Do not dry clothes, towels or bed sheets outside, pollen may cling4
  • Do not rub your eyes - it can cause irritation and worsen your symptoms4
  • Do not use medication prescribed for others4
  • Do not let pets into bedroom, on furniture (especially upholstery) or carpets3