Are You Suffering from Rhinitis?

The word rhinitis means “inflammation of the nose.”  The nose produces mucus.  This fluid is normally thin and clear.  It helps to keeps dust, debris and allergens out of the lungs.  When the nose becomes irritated, it may produce more mucus, which becomes thick and pale yellow.  Postnasal drip occurs when this mucus drains down the back of the throat.

Irritants or allergens may cause rhinitis.  It is often a temporary condition that clears up on its own after a few days for many people.  In others, especially those with allergies, rhinitis can be a chronic problem.  It can last for weeks to months with allergen exposure.

Symptoms include:

  • Itching in the nose and eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Postnasal drip

The first and best option for treatment is to avoid contact with allergens that cause you problems.  When prevention is not enough, consider using over-the-counter or prescription medicines.  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what is best for you.

Source:  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America