Antibiotics are not typically used as a treatment for allergic rhinitis unless there is a secondary bacterial infection present. Allergic rhinitis is primarily an immune response to allergens and is not caused by bacteria. Antibiotics are specifically designed to target and kill bacteria, so they are not effective in treating the underlying allergic response.
However, in some cases, allergic rhinitis can lead to complications such as sinusitis (sinus infection) or an ear infection. If a bacterial infection is suspected or diagnosed by a healthcare professional as a complication of allergic rhinitis, antibiotics may be prescribed to treat the bacterial infection.
It’s important to note that the decision to use antibiotics should be made by a healthcare professional based on a proper evaluation of the individual’s symptoms, medical history, and the presence of any complications. Misuse or overuse of antibiotics can contribute to antibiotic resistance and may not provide any benefit for the allergic rhinitis itself.