Chronic Rhinitis

Chronic Rhinitis – symptoms that persists for months or even years

Rhinitis is a condition in which the mucous layer of the nose becomes inflamed. This causes symptoms such as a runny or itchy nose, sneezing, congestion, and/or a post nasal drip. These symptoms can wear on you, especially if they’re lasting long-term. In this blog we’ll discuss the different causes of chronic rhinitis, as well as what you can do in terms of treatment. 

Chronic rhinitis

Chronic rhinitis is defined as rhinitis that lasts for more than 6 consecutive weeks. In some, this condition goes on for months or even years. Chronic rhinitis can lead to something called post-nasal drip. This is when excess mucus drains from the nose back through the throat. This is more than a bothersome symptom; it can cause a sore throat, cough, and the feeling of frequently needing to clear the throat. Long term chronic rhinitis can lead to polyps growing in the sinuses.

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is rhinitis that occurs as an allergic reaction to something. Common allergens that trigger rhinitis include: pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Allergies are the most common cause of rhinitis. A common term used to refer to allergic rhinitis is “hay fever.” Those who experience allergic rhinitis usually also experience other allergy symptoms such as itchy throat or watery eyes. 

Non-allergic rhinitis

Rhinitis can also occur as a result of other things. Rhinitis can occur as a symptom of certain medications. Rhinitis may occur during pregnancy. It could also occur as a reaction to certain environmental pollutants, or to smoking (whether firsthand or secondhand smoke). Some even experience rhinitis in response to strong scents such as perfume and perfumed items.

Treatment for chronic rhinitis

If your rhinitis is due to allergies, or a reaction to tobacco smoke or pollutants, you should try to avoid or limit exposure to these triggers, but that’s not always feasible or practical for everyone. A home remedy often recommended is nasal irrigation to clear out the sinus passageways. If both of these are not helping your condition much, it’s time to get checked out by a healthcare professional. There are treatment options available when more conservative methods are not working. Chronic rhinitis that is lasting for months or even years should also get checked out by a healthcare professional. This can help prevent long-term problems associated with chronic rhinitis. Your doctor may prescribe antihistamines or nasal steroid spray if your chronic rhinitis is due to allergies. If you are looking for a more long term solution,the Clarifix procedure using cryotherapy under local anesthesia s another option.

Chronic rhinitis symptoms can take a toll on your quality of life. If you are suffering from chronic rhinitis, seek out an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist who can help you find relief.


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