Overview of Hypertrophic Rhinitis

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Hypertrophic rhinitis by definition is the swelling and thickening of the mucous membrane. This usually occurs when your nose becomes sensitive to dust or other particles which results to the swelling of the mucous membrane which limits your air supply.

Rhinitis is commonly experienced by everyone, although there is no cure for rhinitis until today it is treatable and there are medications are remedies that one can do to avoid and treat the condition on early onset. Rhinitis is an allergic reaction that one may encounter which results to the swelling of the nasal cavities. Rhinitis is very different from sinusitis although there are similarities.

There are different types of rhinitis:

Allergic Rhinitis – is mostly due to allergic reactions, it is sometimes seasonal like hay fever but it can occur perennially like non-seasonal allergic rhinitis.

Non-seasonal rhinitis/non allergic rhinitis – unlike allergic rhinitis, non-seasonal rhinitis can occur in varying months and occurring periods throughout the year. It can be caused by various allergens and one will experience excess mucous production, sneezing, itchy nose and facial areas, etc.

Vasomotor Rhinitis – this is a type of rhinitis that is similar to allergic rhinitis however it is caused mostly by anxiety, chills, anger, infection, virus, and other causes.

Symptoms of hypertrophic rhinitis differ from person to person however the most common are:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal obstruction or difficulty in breathing due to the blockage in the nasal cavities
  • Excess nasal discharge
  • Aches in various facial areas most especially the area near the eyes, ears and nose
  • Constant headaches

There are a number of ways on how to treat hypertrophic rhinitis, either medically or using various methods that you can perform at the comfort of your home.

The most common and advisable thing to do to avoid catching hypertrophic rhinitis is avoidance. It maybe a no brainer, but avoidance to the cause of such condition is the best solution. One must not be on constant exposure to dust, smoke and fumes. Smoke from cigarettes and tobaccos are the most common causes of hypertrophic rhinitis, so avoidance is advisable. Advice your friends and family to never smoke in the house so the smell and the particles won’t stick inside. This is also applicable to fumes from vehicles, factories, or other establishments. Pollution is a deadly contributor to hypertrophic rhinitis which is why it is best to always bring a towel or handkerchief that you can use to avoid inhalation of the fumes.

Steam and warm compress – steam is very effective for treating swollen and clogged nasal cavities. The steam will help in loosening the tight nasal cavities which will help in giving the mucous a clear way to flow. The more mucus you release, the faster it is to cure hypertrophic rhinitis. In addition, when you inhale steam often, it will lessen the pressure created by the accumulated mucus and swelling of the nasal cavities.  Warm compress will help in the aches that you feel in your face. You can use these methods as frequent as you want since the methods are very safe and advisable to do. The easiest way to achieve this is by taking a warm bath and just inhales the steam from the water as you bathe yourself. You can also use a basin filled with hot water and inhale the steam from there using a towel to “tent” the steam inside the basin with your head.

Nasal sprays on the other hand can be bought in drug stores. They are cheap and very safe to use but usage of nasal sprays should not be as frequent or use as advised by your physicians.

You can also use saline solution to help clean your nose. The cleaner your nose is, the healthier it is which lessen you from getting hypertrophic rhinitis.

In addition to the treatments stated above, it is also helpful that you maintain a healthy diet, clean living environment and exercise regularly accompanied by frequent visits from your doctor.

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