Case Report: Allergic Rhinitis


  • Gina Lacuesta, MD, FRCPC Halifax Allergy and Asthma Associates; Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS



Case #1

A 32-year-old female presents to her primary healthcare professional (HCP) with a long history of intermittent nasal congestion, sneezing, rhinorrhea, and itchy eyes. She recalls experiencing these symptoms in high school, but notes that her condition has worsened over the years. Her symptoms were previously present only in the summer; however, they now extend year-round. She reports that her symptoms affect her sleep when she has complete nasal blockage, that she is forced to blow her nose throughout the night, and that the constant wakening leaves her feeling fatigued. She notes that she has “tried everything” in terms of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and that she finds the side effects bothersome. She is requesting allergy testing and has heard that there is “a shot” available.

Author Biography

Gina Lacuesta, MD, FRCPC, Halifax Allergy and Asthma Associates; Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Dr. Gina Lacuesta is an Adult Allergist and Clinical Immunologist practicing in Halifax at the Halifax Allergy and Asthma Associates, as well as an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. Dr. Lacuesta received her medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Saskatchewan and her Allergy and Immunology fellowship from the University of Western Ontario. Her special interests include hereditary angioedema, inborn errors of immunity, severe asthma and chronic urticaria, of which she has participated in clinical research.


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Lacuesta G. Case Report: Allergic Rhinitis. Can Prim Care Today [Internet]. 2023 Oct. 25 [cited 2024 Jun. 18];1(3):23-8. Available from: