About Viral Rhinitis

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Viral rhinitis or what is commonly known as the common cold is a condition wherein your upper respiratory system becomes infected by either a virus or bacteria. One can also get viral rhinitis through contamination and being exposed to someone who has it. There are tons of viruses, almost 200 of them, that can cause viral rhinitis and usually it can improve with little medication or without medication at all. The most common virus that can cause viral rhinitis is rhinovirus and it infects almost 40% of the population. An average person can get viral rhinitis up to three times per year or more. Mostly rhinovirus causes viral rhinitis during early fall to spring because of the change in temperature. There are tons of vaccines and shots that can help you prevent getting viral rhinitis but sometimes it is really unavoidable because of how fast one can catch it through contamination.

Viral rhinitis is very easy to spot and diagnose. Here are some of the symptoms that one should take note of to be aware of the condition:

  • Sore throat – this is the first indication that one may experience viral rhinitis. It usually occurs 10 hours after you catch the virus.
  • Congestion of the nose and sinuses – since you will have increased mucus production, you will definitely feel pressure and irritation in the nasal region. One will definitely have hard time breathing, especially during the night.
  • Sneezing – because your nasal cavities will become sensitive and agitated, sneezing will always occur.
  • Runny nose
  • Coughs
  • Fever – sometimes fever occurs but this is rare. Fever only happens when one has viral rhinitis for a over a week or longer. It differs from patient to patient.

Usually people who has viral rhinitis self medicate since there are tons of medications readily available in drug stores. But as indicated, when your condition worsens or when you develop a fever, accompanied by aches in facial areas as well as the ears, shortness of breath or when you develop wheezing sounds – then that’s the time that you should visit your doctor and get yourself checked because your viral rhinitis may be a sign that you have another condition other than viral rhinitis since colds sometimes present itself as a symptom of a more serious condition. Viral rhinitis is most contagious for the first 24 hours which is why it is advised that you sway yourself away from people you know have colds. Some symptoms may last for more than a week but if your viral rhinitis last longer than a week, it would be smart to get yourself checked.

So how does one avoid getting viral rhinitis? Since viral rhinitis is caused by a virus, it can be transmitted directly through contact. Sneezing and coughing is one way of getting infected. Another is through hand to hand contact. Another is inhaling the same air especially in confined areas. The virus can also be transmitted through holding or touching surfaces or objects that an infected person touched. Viruses are fast spreading which is why colds are easy transmitted every day.

Treatment is readily available so you don’t have to worry about that. There are various ways you can do to help yourself stay clean and quarantined from contaminating a virus. An effective way to treat a cold is with drinking plenty of fluid. Fluids help rehydrate you but remember to stay away from caffeinated drinks like coffee. Take a lot of rest and keep yourself comfortable, sleep 8-10 hours if you have to. Gargling warm saline solutions are also very effective as well as inhaling steam. In addition to this, take antibiotics and antihistamines to take care of other symptoms, decongestants can also be taken if you need them. Always take a lot of vitamins and mineral, either through eating a healthy diet or supplements. Asides those, all you can do is wait for your body to do the rest. If the symptoms persist, go to the hospital and get yourself checked.

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