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MS of Dr. Keith   Super: Dr. Paul Keith, Allergist & Clinical Immunologist McMaster University Dr. Keith: Allergic Rhinitis is a common, chronic condition that can occur seasonally or could be year-round. And it affects about 1 in 3 Canadians, so it’s extremely common.
B-roll     VO: Allergic Rhinitis can significantly impact quality of life since symptoms can affect social life, sleep, learning and working.
MS of Dr. Fischer   Dr. David Fischer President (CSACI) Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Dr. Fischer: When seasonal allergies kick in, there is a certain pattern to them. So, the first thing to come up in the springtime is tree pollen. That would be typically April, May, June. Grass season then overlaps, which is May, June, July. People refer to June grass. And then you’ve got ragweed which is mid-August till the frost. If you’re unfortunate enough to be allergic to mold spores, that will start as soon as the snow melts and will continue until the snow falls.
MS on Walter   Walter:  I’m Walter, um married with two grown daughter. I’m active and I love sports. I am a sufferer from the allergy, every year from May to end of May.
B-roll VO: Walter is an example of a seasonal allergic rhinitis patient. He has been suffering through the month of May since 1991. He experiences ocular symptoms as well as severe nasal blockage which greatly interferes with his ability to breathe.
MS on Walter Walter: It usually starts at the end of April. The symptoms start coming on. I get watering eyes and basically it started getting worse and worse by the second week of May to the point where I can’t sleep at night….maybe a couple hours, then waking up because I no longer can breathe.
MS on Dr. Keith Super: Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms: Stuffed in the amItchy, burning eyesItchy, burning throatSneezingDischarge from the noseNose feels blockedFatigued from sleep disruptionThirsty from mouth breathing   Dr. Keith: The most sensitive question to ask somebody with allergic rhinitis is whether or not they’re congested in the morning, because allergic rhinitis is most severe between 3 and 5am. And if they wake up feeling stuffed in the morning, that’s a clue that they may have allergic rhinitis. The other symptoms are itchy, burning eyes, itchy, itchy burning throat, sneezing, discharge from the nose, and just feeling blocked. And because it disturbs their sleep, they often feel very tired, fatigued, maybe even thirsty, because they have to mouth breath through the night.  
MS on Walter Walter: I felt like I have to live with this for a long time. It was something that I basically accepted as part of my month of May. I got so used to it and my friend Charlie saw me one time at the gym and he goes “Wow, you’re looking pretty bad.” And I didn’t even notice that.
B-roll VO: It’s important for health care professionals and patients to have discussions regarding over the counter medications and impact on symptom relief and quality of life.
MS on Dr. Fischer Dr. Fischer: For anybody who has any kind of allergic nose or eye symptoms, usually the base treatment that we would start, besides trying to avoid it in the first place of course, is some form of 24-hour, non-drowsy antihistamine. Almost always, by the time somebody comes to see me, they’ve already tried that option. If it’s not successful, because sometimes it’s not, then they move onto some type of nose spray or eye drop. My concept with patients is that sometimes pills will fail because you’re taking them in your mouth, stomach, into your bloodstream to get to your nose and eyes. And sometimes a direct approach of a nasal spray or an eye drop, topically, where the problem is, will succeed, where the pills failed.   
MS on Dr. Keith Dr. Keith: When we have nasal congestion, we go onto a nasal steroid. But, if they fail on nasal steroid, and they’re still having symptoms during the day, we now have another option, where we’ve combined a nasal steroid with a nasal antihistamine.
MS on Walter Walter: Every doctor should know about this, cause for those of us suffer, we need options.
MS on Walter Walter: Obviously, without the problem of sleeping and the congestions, my month of May was relatively easy. It was just no fear, go to sleep, and waking up just like normally do. I am super grateful to have a full, good night of sleep.
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