Symptoms & Impact

What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the membranes lining the nose, which occurs when they become sensitised to allergens.1

Common symptoms

A person with allergic rhinitis typically presents with cold-like symptoms including, sneezing, itching of the nose and eyes, nasal discharge and/or blockage, and redness in the eyes.1 These symptoms will usually appear shortly after exposure to the allergen.


Impact on sufferers

Allergic rhinitis affects about 30% of the world's population2, and 26% of the UK population,1 and the incidence is increasing.1

Patients can have allergic rhinitis symptoms all year round,2 which affects their daily activities and their control of other atopic conditions.3

Many aspects of people’s lives are affected, including:


  • National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Clinical knowledge summary: Allergic rhinitis. October 2015. Available at:!topicsummary. Last accessed: November 2023.
  • Bousquet J, et al. Characteristics of intermittent and persistent allergic rhinitis: DREAMS study group. Clin Exp Allergy 2005; 35(6): 728-732.
  • Canonica GW, et al. A survey of the burden of allergic rhinitis in Europe. Allergy 2007; 62(Suppl. 85): 17-25.

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