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Learn about the types of allergic rhinitis and how they can affect you. 

Allergic rhinitis may sound like an unpleasant medical diagnosis, however, up to 30 percent of people worldwide are affected by allergic rhinitis. So don’t fear! You’re certainly not alone if you experience allergic rhinitis symptoms.

So, what is allergic rhinitis, anyway? To answer this question, it’s important to understand that there are two types of allergic rhinitis: seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. So, what’s the difference? Keep reading below to find out more about the different types:


An allergic inflammation of the nasal airways is known as allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. Inflammation occurs when an allergen from the environment enters the nasal passage ways and is mistakenly seen by the body as an intruder. From there, the body attempts to attack and remove this intruder. Common triggers for seasonal allergies in Canada are tree and grass pollen in the spring and ragweed in the fall.  Allergic rhinitis is characterized by the symptoms listed in the allergic rhinitis symptom section below.


The body experiences the same inflammation responses with perennial allergic rhinitis as it does with seasonal allergic rhinitis, but there is one main difference between the two types. Perennial rhinitis is characterized by the frequency of your symptoms – occurring for at least one hour on most days throughout the whole year.

The most common allergens that trigger symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis are dust mites and animals – especially household pets like cats and dogs. Other possible triggers include mould on wallpaper, houseplants, and carpeting around your house.


The most common symptoms for both seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis are very similar, and include:

  • Excessive sneezing
  • Runny nose and/or postnasal drip
  • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes


For those experiencing seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis, the good news is that FLONASE can help. One daily dose provides 24-hour relief from your worst allergy symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus pain and pressure
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itchy nose and throat
  • Sneezing

Knowledge is power and armed with this information, you can take the first steps to helping to treat your allergic rhinitis with FLONASE.