The Allergic Rhinitis subspecialty team diagnoses and treats allergic rhinitis — itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching, and rhinorrhea (running nose). Symptoms may be seasonal or year-round.
Allergy and immunology specialists perform a comprehensive evaluation including environmental history and a physical exam. Typically, the care team performs allergen skin prick testing.
The allergist outlines a treatment regimen emphasizing allergen-avoidance strategies, medications and perhaps immunotherapy. If the allergy specialist recommends immunotherapy, you can choose to have it administered at Mayo Clinic or have the immunotherapy mix mailed to your primary doctor or clinic to have it administered.