Allergic rhinitis: Your nose knows

If your nose is itching it may be allergic rhinitis

itchy nose allergic rhinitis

Published: April, 2010

It's easy to dismiss hay fever as a minor nuisance. But call it by its proper name, allergic rhinitis, and you'll be on the way to recognizing it as a legitimate medical problem. Add the fact that it affects about one of every five Americans and drains the economy of billions of dollars each year, and you'll see that it's an important problem indeed. Fortunately, it's also a problem that responds very well to treatment.

Itchy nose and seasonal allergies

If a man thinks about his nose at all, he's likely to think of it as a simple organ of smell. It's true, of course, that the nose is responsible for the sense of smell, but smell means much more than the ability to enjoy pleasing scents. Because smell contributes importantly to taste, it plays a central role in maintaining good nutrition. Smell can also warn us of dangers ranging from toxic fumes and smoky fires to spoiled food.

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