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Symptoms are caused when allergens or irritants create excessive congestion in the normal breathing process. Both perennial and seasonal allergic rhinitis cause the same symptoms, which may include:

  • Runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy nose, ears, or throat
  • Sinus pressure
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Dark circles under your eyes—allergic shiners
  • Postnasal drip
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Chronic cough


Allergic rhinitis. American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology website. Available at: Accessed October 6, 2015.

Allergic rhinitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated June 8, 2015. Accessed October 6, 2015.

Last reviewed September 2015 by Marcin Chwistek, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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