What is the best treatment for allergic rhinitis, and how much does allergic rhinitis treatment cost in Singapore?
Hi, I am an 18-year-old male who experiences persistent blocked and runny nose since young every 1 - 2 days. I was told that it was due to allergic rhinitis. Are there any effective treatments for allergic rhinitis? How much would an ENT visit and treatment for allergic rhinitis cost roughly? Thank you for your time.
Many patients with allergic rhinitis have lived with it for so many years they think it is something they have to accept. That need not be so, and treatment can really improve your daily quality of life and sleep.
Managing allergic rhinitis reduces snoring, mouth breathing, eczema and asthma too.
To get a sustained improvement for your likely symptoms of itching, runny or blocked nose and sinus congestion, it is most important that you find out what you are allergic to.
If nasal medications have been used for a long time and your symptoms recur after 1 to 2 months of stopping medications, it is time to consider testing for allergens or immunotherapy.
I usually offer the patient a skin prick test in clinic to identify allergens early too. The skin prick test (SPT) is not...
Allergic rhinitis as you mention is an allergic condition. So we have to be clear in our minds what are the symptoms that we want to treat.
If you want to treat the blockage: you might need to see an ENT to clear physical blockage that is due to large nasal bones (inferior turbinate), slanted nasal bones (deviated nasal septum) or sinus blockages (persistent sinusitis). This might entail some procedures and the cost can vary, depending on what is done.
If we are talking about the running nose and sneezing: we have to use medications to treat. Oral medications are a good start, but after a while might not work as well. Nasal sprays are good, but after you stop for a while, the condition recurs. You can consider immunotherapy as it is the only cure to allergies. You can see...
Dr Paul Ang has provided a good summary of the treatment options for Allergic Rhinitis and I agree with him that the treatment options depend on which symptoms affect you the most, your willingness to use nasal steroid sprays on a long term basis or if you are aiming for a potential cure (which may take 3-5 years of immunotherapy if you have a known inhalant allergy).
As the treatment cost varies greatly depending on the treatment options chosen and whether it is done in a public vs private clinic/hospital, I would only be able to provide a "rough range" of cost of treatment (in private clinics) as follows:
- Nasal steroid sprays - Approximately SGD40- SGD60 per bottle. Each bottle may last 2weeks-2month depending on dosage/day
- Immunotherapy- Approximately SGD100- SGD150/month. Need to use...