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What is chronic rhinitis?
Rhinitis is caused by an inflammation of the mucous membranes in your nasal passages. You may develop additional symptoms of nasal irritation, congestion and post nasal drip. Some Rhinitis sufferers find it hard to sleep at night because of their nasal discomfort.
If you experience these symptoms often, you may be suffering from Chronic Rhinitis. There are numerous things that can cause your symptoms. Some are allergic sources, and some are considered non-allergic.
Allergic Rhinitis occurs when your immune system becomes sensitized to non-infectious particles such as plant pollens, molds, dust mites, animal dander, as well ascertain foods and medicines. When you encounter these substances, your immune system responds as if they are harmful and triggers the release of histamine into mucous membranes, the lungs and skin, causing your blood vessels to dilate and cause swelling and redness. Your nose may become itchy, runny and congested from the irritation.
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever)
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis is commonly referred to as “hay fever,”; but it can be caused by more than just hay...
- Tree Pollen - allergic reactions are common in late March or early April
- Ragweed - the main cause of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis occur in late spring or summer
- Mold Spores - usually found in fallen leaves, are most common in October and November
Perennial Allergic Rhinitis
Perennial Allergic Rhinitis has no season and can occur from exposure to year-round allergic sources. Pet hair, carpeting, upholstery, mold on wallpaper, houseplants, and even components in air pollution can all cause Perennial Allergic Rhinitis.
Non-Allergic Rhinitis is considered a vasomotor response to irritants rather than an immune response.
Symptoms may be similar to those of Allergic Rhinitis, except for the itchiness, but the sources of your reaction and the responses to treatment are usually different. It can be difficult to distinguish Non-Allergic from Allergic Rhinitis. Sometimes, the non-allergic form can be confirmed only after therapy for typical allergy triggers has been unsuccessful.
Common sources of non-allergic rhinitis are:
- cigarette smoke
- air pollutants
- strong odors
- alcoholic beverages
- cold temperature
- over-use of medications such as decongestant sprays