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- What is allergic rhinitis?
- Symptoms of allergic rhinitis
- Causes of allergic rhinitis
- Prevention of allergic rhinitis
- Risk factors for allergic rhinitis
- Complications of allergic rhinitis
- When to see a doctor about allergic rhinitis
- Diagnosis of allergic rhinitis
- Conventional treatment of allergic rhinitis
- Alternative/complementary treatment of allergic rhinitis
- Living with allergic rhinitis
- Caring for someone with allergic rhinitis
There is very little that can be done to prevent any of the known risk factors that are either genetic or in some other way unpreventable, which are known to be associated with the development of allergic rhinitis.
There is though much that can be done to prevent some of the risk factors that are controllable and so prevent much of the allergic reactions associated with allergic rhinitis or even prevent it from occurring in the first place in some circumstances.
Ways to prevent allergic rhinitis in the first place (or at least reducing some of the symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis ):
- Adequate vitamin D in pregnancy - studies show that when women do not get enough vitamin D in their diet while pregnant, this can increase the risk of a number of conditions in their child, including allergic rhinitis (as well as asthma), so to prevent this, pregnant women must get enough vitamin D in their diet
- Pregnant women need adequate omega 3 - studies have shown that pregnant women who do not eat enough foods high in omega 3 fatty acids (such as salmon, mackerel, olives, walnuts) then they risk having a child that develops allergic rhinitis
- Breastfeeding women need adequate omega 3 - studies have shown that pregnant women who do not eat enough foods high in omega 3 fatty acids (such as salmon, mackerel, olives, walnuts) then they risk having a child that develops allergic rhinitis
- Ensure adequate omega 3 EFA in the diet - mothers should ensure there is adequate omega-3 fatty acids in their child's diet so that they reduce their child's risk of developing allergic rhinitis
- Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should not smoke - studies show that smoking is associated with a higher risk of the child developing allergic rhinitis (as well as allergies) in childhood. The studies suggested that when unborn foetus is exposed to cigarette smoke and the child is exposed to cigarette smoke after it is born, increases the risk of airway disorders in a child's first 10 years
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