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Do You Suffer from Rhinitis?
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Ever suffered from a runny, itchy or stuffy nose that just doesn't seem to go away? If this is you take heart so do 50 million Americans.

More often than not allergies that are seasonal or perennial are the cause of these symptoms but some unfortunate people have these symptoms year round but they have no allergies. These people suffer from a condition know as perennial non-allergic rhinitis.

Causes

Rhinitis is the inflammation of the membranes that line the nose and sinuses. This condition can be allergic or non-allergic or both.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis (also know has hay fever) occurs or get worse during certain seasons. Grass, trees, weed pollens and fungal spores are some common allergens.

Perennial allergy symptoms (year round) are more often than not set off by indoor inhaled allergens for example, dust mites, mold, cockroaches and animal dander.

Perennial non-allergic rhinitis gives the suffered allergy like symptoms but they are not actually the result of an allergy.

Other forms of rhinitis can be caused by a viral infection, changes in hormones, medications or some abnormality of the nose.

Seasonal allergy symptoms

  • Repetitive sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy nose, ears, eyes and throat
  • Watery eyes

These symptoms occur or increase when pollen is released into the air. Thankfully the pollinating period of most plants takes place at about the same time each year.

Perennial nasal allergy symptoms

  • Sever nasal blockage and congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Runny nose and sneezing (these are less prominent than with seasonal allergies)

People with perennial nasal symptoms may suffer from them occasionally or continuously through the year.

Some allergens are around for a few months. There are others that are in the air all of the time. These can include dust mites, animal dander, cigarette smoke, cockroaches, mold and feathers.

Perennial non-allergic rhinitis

The symptoms of this condition are similar to those of year round allergic rhinitis but there are some triggers that can worsen the condition. These can include, temperature changes, cold air, air pollutants, strong odors, smoke and spicy foods.

The good news is medication can make a huge difference to the life of an allergy sufferer. No longer do we have to suffer with nasal allergy symptoms. Of course the sensible thing to do is to try and avoid your allergy triggers like using a HEPA vacuum to clean out your house mentioned here. But realistically that is not enough in the busy world we live in.

Most of the medications available are either in pill form or come as a nasal spray. You might want to discuss with your health provider having allergy shots or immunotherapy. Allergy shots are used for people who experience a long season of exposure to their allergens, have year round symptoms or those with poor tolerance or response to medications or who won't take them regularly

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