Overview of Bacterial Rhinitis

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Bacterial rhinitis is more commonly referred to as stuffy nose. When someone is suffering from bacterial rhinitis, this means they have inflammation and irritation in some of the nasal areas. One of the symptoms of bacterial rhinitis is a dripping nose. Bacterial rhinitis occurs because the mucous membrane in the nose is acutely inflamed by bacteria, irritants or even viruses.

When the inflammation occurs, too much mucus is generated in the nose. This excess mucus that is generated in the nose causes the runny nose and nose dripping later on. Research has been conducted which has shown that around about 50 million people living in America suffer from bacterial rhinitis. Sometimes the rhinitis can be so severe that it can affect not only your nose, but also your throat, your ears etc. it can also sleeping problems, can hinder learning in a person and can also cause severe ear problems.

There are certain other symptoms that are related to bacterial rhinitis. Some of these symptoms, besides the dripping nose include too much sneezing and even a blocked nose. Some other signs of bacterial rhinitis are itchiness in the eyes and the nose, tears in the eyes, too much coughing. Some people, particularly in the west also refer to rhinitis as Hay Fever. When bacterial rhinitis affects you, and if it is very sever, you can lose your sense of smell and even your sense of taste in some cases. Nose bleeds also become very common when bacterial rhinitis affects you.

There are certain ways in which you can manage bacterial rhinitis so that it affects you as less as possible. You need to stay away from allergens like pollen, dust mites, moulds, cockroaches etc. This is very difficult at times but it has to be done. You also need to make sure that you consult a physician or a specialist to know about what kind of treatment procedure you need to follow for the bacterial rhinitis. Doctors can help you identify the cause of the bacterial rhinitis if you give them a detailed history because they might be able to tell you what you’re really allergic to and what caused the inflammation in the nasal area. However, skin testing is required in some cases to get a better idea of what the patient is actually allergic to and what has caused the bacterial rhinitis.

There are certain medications that you can use if you are suffering from bacterial rhinitis. You always need to consult a doctor before you use these medicines but these are generally the kinds of medicines that you’ll receive if you’re suffering from bacterial rhinitis. Decongestants help to reduce the swelling of the mucous membrane caused by the inflammation in the nose. These come in the form of sprays or oral medication. However, you can expect the symptoms to worsen if the drug is used for too long because when you stop taking the medication, the tissue in your nose has become too dependent on the drug to stay normal on its own. Similarly steroids are also prescribed if one is suffering from bacterial rhinitis. They come in either nasal sprays or oral medication. Some oral steroids effect instantly and provide relief but they are only effective for short periods of times. Nasal steroids prove to be much better in such cases and are safe as well. But you’ll see improvements in your condition in about 2 weeks so you need to be patient with the medication.

Always remember, that as with any other medical condition, it is always advised to visit a doctor if you’re suffering from bacterial rhinitis and never to use self medication to cure it.

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