Nursing Care Plan for Allergic Rhinitis

Nursing Care Plan for Allergic Rhinitis


Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is an inflammatory disorder of the nasal passages caused by allergens. It is characterized by symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itching, and rhinorrhea. As a nurse, your role is vital in managing and supporting individuals with allergic rhinitis. This nursing care plan aims to outline evidence-based interventions to alleviate symptoms, prevent complications, and improve the quality of life for individuals with allergic rhinitis.

Patient Information:

  • Name: [Patient’s Name]
  • Age: [Patient’s Age]
  • Gender: [Patient’s Gender]
  • Medical Diagnosis: Allergic Rhinitis
  • Date of Admission: [Date of Admission]
  • Date of Care Plan: [Date of Care Plan]
  • Medical History: [Brief summary of patient’s medical history]
  • Allergen Triggers: [Identify specific allergens that trigger symptoms]
  • Support System: [Identify individuals involved in patient’s care and support]

Nursing Assessment:

Subjective Data:

  • The patient complains of nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, and watery eyes.
  • The patient reports a history of seasonal allergies and exposure to allergens.

Objective Data:

  • The nasal mucosa appears pale and swollen.
  • Allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes) may be present.
  • Increased mucus production and post-nasal drip.
  • Allergen-specific IgE antibodies may be present.

Nursing Diagnosis:

  1. Impaired Airway Clearance related to nasal congestion and increased mucus production as evidenced by nasal obstruction and post-nasal drip.
  2. Ineffective Breathing Pattern related to nasal congestion and decreased airflow as evidenced by sneezing and labored breathing.
  3. Risk for Infection related to compromised nasal mucosa and impaired mucociliary function as evidenced by increased mucus production and a history of recurrent infections.
  4. Impaired Sleep Pattern related to nocturnal symptoms and interrupted sleep as evidenced by daytime fatigue and decreased alertness.

Nursing Interventions:

1. Impaired Airway Clearance:

  • Encourage the patient to increase fluid intake (within dietary restrictions) to help thin mucus secretions.
  • Instruct the patient on proper blowing techniques to clear the nasal passages.
  • Administer nasal saline irrigation or sprays to moisturize and flush out allergens from the nasal cavity.
  • Collaborate with the healthcare provider to determine the appropriate use of intranasal corticosteroids or antihistamines to reduce inflammation and congestion.
  • Educate the patient on avoiding allergen exposure and the use of protective measures such as wearing masks or using air purifiers.

2. Ineffective Breathing Pattern:

  • Teach the patient relaxation techniques and deep breathing exercises to help alleviate anxiety and improve breathing patterns.
  • Encourage the patient to practice diaphragmatic breathing to maximize airflow.
  • Provide a calm and quiet environment to minimize triggers and reduce stress.
  • Administer prescribed bronchodilators or nasal decongestants as indicated to relieve nasal congestion and improve breathing.

3. Risk for Infection:

  • Monitor the patient’s vital signs and temperature regularly to detect early signs of infection.
  • Encourage good hand hygiene practices and educate the patient on infection prevention measures.
  • Instruct the patient to avoid rubbing or touching the eyes and nose to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Collaborate with the healthcare provider to determine the need for prophylactic antibiotic treatment, especially in cases of recurrent infections.

4. Impaired Sleep Pattern:

  • Assess the patient’s sleep patterns and quality of sleep.
  • Encourage the patient to establish a regular sleep schedule and practice good sleep hygiene.
  • Suggest using nasal saline sprays or rinses before bedtime to alleviate congestion.
  • Collaborate with the healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of antihistamines or other medications to promote better sleep.

5. Impaired Comfort:

  1. Assess the severity of symptoms and their impact on the patient’s daily activities.
  2. Encourage the patient to avoid allergen exposure, such as staying indoors during high pollen count periods.
  3. Administer prescribed medications, such as antihistamines or intranasal corticosteroids, as directed to alleviate symptoms.
  4. Provide comfort measures, such as cool compresses, saline nasal sprays, or steam inhalation, to relieve nasal congestion and soothe irritated nasal passages.

6. Risk for Ineffective Airway Clearance:

  1. Encourage the patient to perform regular nasal irrigation using saline solutions to promote mucus clearance.
  2. Teach effective coughing and deep breathing techniques to help clear mucus from the airways.
  3. Collaborate with the healthcare team to administer prescribed bronchodilators or mucolytic agents, if necessary, to facilitate airway clearance.
  4. Monitor respiratory status closely, including lung sounds and oxygen saturation levels, to detect any signs of respiratory distress.

7. Deficient Knowledge:

  1. Provide education to the patient and their caregivers about allergic rhinitis, including its causes, common triggers, and management strategies.
  2. Teach the patient how to identify and avoid allergen triggers, such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander.
  3. Instruct the patient on proper medication use, including dosage, timing, and potential side effects of prescribed medications.
  4. Collaborate with the healthcare team to provide educational materials and resources, such as allergy action plans or allergen avoidance tips.

8. Risk for Impaired Sleep Pattern:

  1. Assess the patient’s sleep patterns and the impact of allergic rhinitis symptoms on their quality of sleep.
  2. Encourage the patient to establish a regular sleep routine and create a sleep-friendly environment, such as using hypoallergenic bedding and maintaining a cool and clean bedroom.
  3. Discuss strategies for symptom management during nighttime, such as elevating the head of the bed and using nasal strips for improved breathing.
  4. Collaborate with the healthcare team to adjust medication regimens, if necessary, to alleviate nighttime symptoms and promote restful sleep.

Nursing Evaluation:

  • The patient’s nasal congestion and post-nasal drip improved, allowing for better airway clearance.
  • The patient demonstrated improved breathing patterns, with a reduction in sneezing and labored breathing.
  • Vital signs remained within normal limits, indicating no signs of infection.
  • The patient reported improved sleep patterns and decreased daytime fatigue.
  • Improved comfort with reduced nasal congestion and rhinorrhea.
  • Effective airway clearance with decreased mucus production and improved breathing.
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of allergen avoidance and self-care measures.
  • Improved sleep pattern with reduced disruptions due to allergic rhinitis symptoms.


Regularly document the patient’s progress, interventions provided, and the outcomes achieved. Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to review and update the care plan based on the patient’s response to treatment and evolving needs.

Note: The nursing care plan should be individualized based on the patient’s specific needs and the healthcare provider’s recommendations. This sample care plan provides a general guideline but should be customized accordingly.


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