Overview of Purulent Rhinitis

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Rhinitis is a condition that is described to the irritation and inflammation of the nasal cavities. Rhinitis is different from sinusitis but both conditions have similar symptoms and treatment. Rhinitis is condition that doesn’t have any cure but it is treatable. There are various medication and remedies that you can do to cure rhinitis as it attacks you.

There is various form of rhinitis. Rhinitis is actually categories into two types: allergic rhinitis and non-allergic rhinitis. The most common different of the two is that allergic rhinitis are triggered by allergens and it is often seasonal whereas non-allergic rhinitis occurs in several occasion in a year and it is triggered by various causes like smoke, fumes and others.

Purulent rhinitis is a type of rhinitis that is described as inflammation of the nasal cavities or the lining of the nose accompanied by an infection or a virus forming pus. It can be caused by allergens, a virus or bacteria.

Purulent rhinitis symptoms are as follows:

  • Sinus congestions
  • Sore throat
  • Ear pain
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Increased mucus production that is slightly grey-ish and cloudy
  • And sometimes, nosebleeds

There are various methods and remedies that you can do to lessen or eradicate the condition altogether. You can either try out various home remedies that are cost effective, sometimes doesn’t even cost anything, or by purchasing medications specifically made to help relieve pain and symptoms of purulent rhinitis. Some of the effective treatments are:

Increased intake of fluid – drinking a large amount of fluid is best to help soften the mucus buildup in your nose. It is recommended that one should drink 8-10 glasses of water or any liquid daily (tea, fruit or vegetable juices) and lessen intake of caffeinated drinks.

Humidifier – keeping the air around the house moist is a good remedy to lessen purulent rhinitis or any form of rhinitis. Humidifiers or vaporizers can be bought in local stores and they are not too expensive. Remember to clean the machine often and to change the filters as to eliminate the chances of housing mold and bacteria in the machine.

Steam – taking a warm bath or inhaling steam in a basin is another best solution with rhinitis. This method is best in relieving pressure and soothing the aches that you feel in various facial areas. Steam also helps soften mucus production.

Decongestants – decongestants are best used as first remedies to rhinitis. Decongestants are over the counter drugs that can easily be bought and you can use it as often as you deem necessary. It doesn’t have any side effect plus it is fast acting in relieving the pain and discomfort of rhinitis.

Antibiotics – since purulent rhinitis is due to a virus or bacteria, antibiotics are recommended. In addition, having an updated virus shots from the hospital will help you lessen the chances of acquiring a virus or being infected by someone easily.

Nasal Sprays – unlike oral medications, nasal sprays provide fast comfort to a person experiencing rhinitis. Although this medication is very effective, it is advised that you use nasal sprays to a minimal or as prescribed by your physicians since some nasal sprays only aggravate the condition.

So when is it time to call your doctor and stop self medicating? Here are some signs that you should look out to help you decided:

  • When the patient starts vomiting
  • When the patient is dehydrated: not urinating, dry lips and mouth, sunken eyes, etc
  • When the patient develops rashes
  • When the patient starts having difficulty in breathing
  • When the patient complains of persistent pains
  • When the patient has a fever that lasts more than 3 days

When you see the signs listed above, do not wait anymore and bring the patient directly to your physician or in the hospital to get proper medical attention.

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