Is Rhinitis Infectious?

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Most of us are aware of rhinitis and know what it is. For those of us who don’t know what rhinitis is, it is the inflammation of the nasal area. This inflammation in the nasal area occurs for a variety of reasons and can be classified into allergic rhinitis, infectious rhinitis, medicamentosa rhinitis etc.

Rhinitis is becoming a widespread disease that is affecting a lot of people around the globe. In America alone, around 50 million people are suffering from rhinitis.

When people suffer from rhinitis, there are certain symptoms they come across. The most common symptom of any kind of rhinitis including infectious rhinitis is a dripping nose. Besides that, while suffering from rhinitis you may experience excessive sneezing and coughing, nose bleeds, teary eyes, itching in the nose and in the eyes. Rhinitis in itself is not life threatening, but if it’s left untreated, it can lead to life threatening diseases.  It’s important to know that rhinitis is not only restricted to affecting the nose. Rhinitis can affect the eyes, the ears and the throat as well. And in severe cases of rhinitis you may lose your sense of taste and smell as well.

As mentioned earlier, there are different kinds of rhinitis. The first kind is allergic rhinitis which is caused by allergens. These allergens cause inflammations in the nose because people are allergic to these substances. The most common allergens include dust mites and moulds. Others include cockroaches and pollen as well. About 15% are affected by allergic rhinitis, but this kind of rhinitis is not infectious. It is limited to affecting the person who suffers from it but cannot be passed on from person to person.

Infectious rhinitis occurs if the person is suffering from the common cold. They last for about a week and are self limiting. If the symptoms of the rhinitis last longer than the specified 1 week, it is classified as a noninfectious rhinitis which needs to be treated accordingly. Vasomotor rhinitis occurs due to exposure to perfumes and odors, medicine and even some kinds of food.

Rhinitis is not known to be infectious, however the course of treatment of each kind of rhinitis can be the same or in some cases it may be different depending on the person. Usually, ointments, antibiotics, decongestants in the form of nasal sprays and oral medication are used to cure the person. However, in some cases the treatment plan may be different. For example, women who are expecting will not be prescribed the similar kinds of antibiotics that regular patients are given for rhinitis. At the same time, those people who suffer from medicamentosa rhinitis have to be stopped from using decongestants as quickly as possible because the decongestants are the cause of the rhinitis disease that they are suffering from. Besides that, nasal irrigation is common to all rhinitis patients and is a safe way of giving relief to the patients.

Rhinitis is not known to be infectious and spread and affect people. However, it needs to be treated as soon as possible because it is a source of discomfort to the person suffering from it. Rhinitis not only is an obstacle in your physical health, but any kind of rhinitis, including infectious rhinitis can cause problems in sleeping patterns and learning abilities as well.

Even if it’s something as small as infectious rhinitis, which lasts for about a week, it should be treated immediately. Rhinitis is not infectious as a disease, but it is still a disease that affects the people who are suffering from it, in more than 1 way.

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