Seasonal Allergies aka Allergic Rhinitis

Seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis is defined as seasonal or perennial sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itching, and often conjunctivitis and pharyngitis.


The causes of seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis include:

  • Spring-type seasonal allergies such as tree pollen (eg. alder, birch, elm, juniper, maple, oak or olive)
  • Summer-type seasonal allergies such as grass pollens (eg. bermuda, johnson, orchard, timothy or sweet vernal) or weed pollens (eg. Engilsh plantain or Russian thistle)
  • Autumn-type seasonal allergies such as weed pollens (eg. ragweed)


The signs and symptoms of seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis may include:

  • Gradual or abrupt onset of itchy eyes, nose, roof of mouth and pharynx after the pollen season begins
  • Teary eyes, sneezing and clear, watery nasal discharge accompany or follow the itching
  • Possibly irritability and frontal headache
  • Coughing and asthmatic wheezing may occur as the allergy season progresses


The following diagnostic assessment tools and tests are used to diagnose seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis:

  • History and presenting symptoms
  • Physical examination
  • Presence of eosinophils in nasal secretions
  • Skin test to identify or confirm the responsible pollen(s)


From a Naturopathic standpoint, Dr. Moira Kwok ND will obtain a very thorough medical history in order to put all of your "puzzle pieces" together to form a whole picture of everything that is going on from a health perspective.  From this holistic approach to treatment, she will put together an individualized treatment plan based on a combination of dietary and lifestyle recommendations, supplements, botanicals, acupuncture and/or IV therapy that is based on your specific case.



  • Beers MH & Berkow R (Editors).  1999.  The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (17th Ed.).  Merck Research Laboratories: Whitehouse Station, NJ.