Yes, allergic rhinitis directly interferes with your daily activities and be associated with significant impairments of your quality of life.
Patients with allergic rhinitis frequently present with symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, daytime somnolence (drowsiness) and fatigue associated with decreased cognitive performance and impaired quality of life. Recent research has suggested that daytime somnolence in allergic rhinitis can be attributed to chronic inflammation of the nasal mucosa leading to nasal congestion and obstructed nasal passageways, resulting in deterioration of nocturnal sleep, leading to daytime sleepiness. If untreated, allergic rhinitis can result in considerable health-related and economic consequences.
Allergic rhinitis can also significantly impair psychological well-being and cognitive functioning. Allergic patients may temporarily put more effort into sustaining performance, resulting in earlier exhaustion, which impairs psychological well-being. Such symptoms warrant effective treatment.