Allergic rhinitis is the medical term for anyone who suffers from an allergy to one or more airborne allergens. There are two types of allergies: seasonal and year-round. Seasonal allergies occur throughout the country and each region has allergens specific to local pollen from grass, trees and any flora as well as outdoor mold. Year-round allergies can be caused by many things, such as your favorite pet’s dander, dust mites in the carpet, upholstery or bedding, chemicals in cleaning supplies, perfume and more.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), there are more than 50 million Americans with mild to severe allergies and three out of ten adults experience allergies.
People with allergies can have a number of symptoms like sneezing, itchy/red/watery eyes, itchy nose, post nasal drip, cough, and congestion. It can be mild to debilitating and it’s not uncommon for adults to miss work due to allergies.
Allergies are frustrating and symptoms can be a challenge to manage or control. Allergies can zap your energy and make you sluggish, or make it difficult to concentrate. Seasonal allergies are also associated with depression and anxiety. Furthermore, allergic symptoms can also keep you indoors and away from doing fun outdoor activities, and overall, keep you from being your best self.
The choices for treating allergies are many, from prescription to over-the-counter pills, sprays and nasal flushes and NOW, drug-free, non-invasive products such as ClearUP® Sinus Pain Relief.
Trends and notable facts
- Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
- Unfortunately, there is documented evidence that the pollen season is getting longer due to climate change. Between 1995 and 2015, in the U.S. and Canada, pollen season increased from 1 to 3.5 weeks.
- Endoscopic sinus surgeries increased nearly 3X to 19,262 annually between 2000 to 2011.
- Allergies tend to run in families, thus it’s hereditary. In fact, the odds that a child with two allergic parents will develop allergies is 60-80%.
- 2 out of 3 allergy sufferers are female according to Tivic Health consumer research.
- More pre-adolescent males have rhinitis [and other chronic allergies] than females; however, when females enter adulthood, they outnumber men in the prevalence of chronic allergies.