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Nonallergic Rhinitis Symptoms and Treatments

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 01:07 AM

Nonallergic rhinitis is a type of rhinitis resulting from viral infection. It causes symptoms resembling those of allergy. This infection does not involve the immune system. The infection is viral in nature and usually develops in adults. About 19 million people were reported to suffer from nonallergic rhinitis in the U.S. at the turn of the century.
Some complications associated with nonallergic rhinitis include sinusitis, asthma, eustachian tube dysfunction, obstructive sleep apnea, chronic ear infection, and loss of smell. Allergy and blood tests can determine the difference between seasonal allergic rhinitis and nonallergic rhinitis or any other infection.
Symptoms of Nonallergic Rhinitis
Symptoms of nonallergic rhinitis may resemble those of seasonal rhinitis. Medical tests can distinguish these symptoms from those of seasonal allergies or other infections. Some symptoms associated with nonallergic rhinitis are listed below:
  • Stuffy nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
Treatments for Nonallergic Rhinitis  
There is no cure for nonallergic rhinitis but treatments help reduce the symptoms associated with this viral infection. Some treatments for this viral infection are listed below:
  • Over-the-counter medications and prescriptions are helpful treatments for allergic as well as nonallergic rhinitis.
  • Patients should avoid exposure to the triggers responsible for causing this infection. This aids the ongoing treatments by preventing further health problems.
  • Home remedies are natural treatments useful for the patients of nonallergic rhinitis. Nasal irrigation is among the treatments beneficial in controlling the spread of infection.
  • Saline nasal spray is among the useful treatments for nonallergic rhinitis. A home saltwater solution can help relieve symptoms. It helps in thinning the mucus and soothing the membrane in the nose.
  • Antihistamine nasal sprays are beneficial for nonallergic rhinitis. Olopatadine hydrochloride and azelastine are some examples. This method is used if oral antihistamines are to be avoided as treatments. These nasal sprays may cause some side effects such as fatigue or headaches. 
  • Corticosteroid nasal sprays can be helpful treatments for nonallergic rhinitis. If antihistamines and decongestants do not help, corticosteroid nasal sprays can be used. Headaches, indigestion, body pain, or nausea are some possible side effects of these nasal sprays.
  • Oral decongestants help in reducing nasal congestion and narrowing the blood vessels. Insomnia, high blood pressure, restlessness, heart palpitation, and loss of appetite are potential side effects.
  • Anti-drip anticholinergic nasal sprays can be beneficial in the case of runny and drippy nose. A bitter taste in the mouth and drying up of the nasal membranes are some possible side effects of these nasal sprays.

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Nonallergic rhinitis is a viral infection, with symptoms resembling those of seasonal allergies. Medical tests can help in confirming rhinitis. Natural treatments can help to treat the symptoms. Nasal sprays can help control the symptoms.
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