Nonallergic Rhinitis

Nonallergic rhinitis is the inflammation of the nose, not caused by an allergy. Instead, nonallergic rhinitis may be due to hormonal changes, looking at bright light, spicy foods or certain irritants. Nonallergic rhinitis symptoms are similar to those of hay fever (allergic rhinitis), but with none of the usual evidence of an allergic reaction. Nonallergic rhinitis can affect children and adults.

If you can identify what causes or worsen your symptoms, avoiding your triggers can make a big difference.
  • Symptoms
  • Blocked nose

    • Lasting 4 weeks or more

    common

    Snoring

    common

    Runny nose

    • Occurs or worsens with weather changes

    • Lasting 4 weeks or more

    common

    Cough with mucus or without mucus

    • Dry

    Reduced ability or completely losing sense of smell

    • Lasting 4 weeks or more

  • Risk factors
  • Use of antidepressants

    or Overuse of nasal decongestant sprays

    or Use of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug

    or Use of birth control pills

    or Use of ACE inhibitors

    or Use of beta blockers

    Absence of period

    • 6 months or more without pregnancy

    Breathing in dust, smoke or chemicals for a long period of time

    or Recent contact/exposure to animals

    Pregnant

    Smoking

    Alcohol consumption

    Stress

    Underactive thyroid gland

    Anxiety

  • Treatment
  • For mild cases, home treatment and avoiding triggers might be enough. For more-bothersome symptoms, certain medications may provide relief, including: 1-Saline nasal sprays. 2-Corticosteroid nasal sprays. 3-Antihistamine nasal sprays. 4-Anti-drip anticholinergic nasal sprays. 5-Decongestants.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Nonallergic Rhinitis, then a visit to an ENT specialist is recommended.

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