Do I Have Chronic Rhinitis?
Do you remember the last time you woke up able to breathe well? Or have you gotten so used to waking up to blocked, stuffy nose that you have considered it as normal?
Rhinitis is defined as the inflammation of your nose’s inner lining. It becomes chronic when it lasts for more than 12 weeks.
The most common symptoms for this are runny, congested and itchy nose, sneezing and postnasal drip. Depending on what causes your rhinitis, it may be classified as either allergic or non-allergic.
What Are the Differences?
Occurs because of an allergic response to a specific allergens, such as pollen, dust, or pet dander. During an allergic response, your body’s immune system overreacts to the presence of one of these allergens in the air.
This includes any form of rhinitis that doesn’t involve your body’s immune system. Environmental factors, such as air pollution, smoke (whether from tobacco, cannabis, or a fire), or strong odors can trigger it. In some cases, doctors may not identify a specific cause.
When Should I See a Doctor?
If you’re experiencing persistent nasal congestion even after using OTC decongestants or antihistamines, you may want to consult a doctor.
You may also call your doctor if your symptoms are becoming worse or are accompanied by facial pain or fever (signs of infection).
What Can I Do About It?
Avoiding / minimizing environmental allergens or triggers.
This includes use of mask when doing house chores and avoiding areas that may trigger your symptoms.
Corticosteroids / Anticholinergic nasal sprays
Saline sprays / wash
These medications can be bought over the counter or prescribed by your doctor. Make sure that your doctor advised you on the correct dosage and duration of use.
Minimally Invasive Treatment
Cryotherapy. This is a minimally invasive treatment option that targets the out-of-balance nerves through cold therapy. This can be done in-clinic under direct visualization.
Correction of structural problems like deviated septum / persistent nasal polyps.
There are several ways that you can do to improve your symptoms and feel better. Best to consult your doctor to know more about your treatment options and discuss which is best for you.
References: https://www.healthline.com/health/chronic-rhinitis; https://clarifix.com/chronic-rhinitis/