Surgery for Rhinitis

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Rhinitis or the inflammation of the nasal lining/cavities is a common condition that is encountered by 80% of the population throughout the year. There is no straight cure for rhinitis and it can’t be totally avoided but there are a lot of precaution and treatment for the condition. There are a number of symptoms that one will notice to determine if it is rhinitis, and some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Constant sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Facial aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching

Rhinitis is caused by a number of factors and it differs from one condition to the other. Rhinitis is categories to two types: Allergic Rhinitis and non-allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is mostly caused by the allergic reaction to a certain allergen (food, dust, animal fur/hair/droppings, etc) while non-allergic rhinitis is divided into sub categories such as: vasomotor rhinitis, gustatory rhinitis and NARES. Non-allergic rhinitis is caused by exposure to various elements like smoke, pollution, fumes from vehicles, smog and other strong odors like cleaning solution, perfumes, hair products and many more. Another cause of non-allergic rhinitis is due to eating spicy and hot food and some non-allergic rhinitis like NARES is due to substantial amount of nasal discharge that is clear with signs of allergic cell type (eosinophils).

In addition to the causes stated above, rhinitis can also be caused by other factors like:

  • Anxiety medications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Nasal abnormalities – deformed septum, tumors and others
  • Pregnancy
  • Oral medications like oral contraceptives
  • Virus, infection or bacteria

And some are due to side effects to drugs or shows as a symptom to other medical condition like sarcoidosis, Wegener’s granulomatosis, fibrosis, acid reflux and many more.

There are a number of ways on treating rhinitis. Some of these are home remedies while with severe and prolonged cases, there are various medications that you can buy and use. But before you try any treatment, it would be best to know what type of rhinitis you have and what might be the cause of the reaction and condition in the first place.

If you have an allergy, knowing what type and as to what you are allergic would be the best way to treat it. It is best to avoid such allergens, it might be difficult since the most common allergens that triggers allergies are so common but there are a few things that you can do to avoid them.

Humidifier and purifier – this is best installed in your home to keep the environment and air clean as much as possible. Remember to clean the machine regularly and replace the filters as indicated in the box to avoid housing additional bacteria and molds.

If someone in the family is a smoker, ask them nicely if they can avoid smoking inside the house. If you are a frequent user of hair products, limit the use of such products to keep the air clean. For cleaning products, better use a mask when using said products to avoid contact with your nose.

Always maintain clean hygiene and maintain a healthy diet. Always clean your nose with saline solution whenever you have the chance. Saline solution is just a mixture of sea salt and warm water mixed with a dash of baking soda. Saline solution is best for cleaning the nasal cavities which lessens the irritation and sensitivity of your nose to common allergen.

There are other medications like decongestant and nasal sprays that you can purchase in the drug store. These are cheap and safe to use but usage of such medications are advised to the minimal to avoid the worsening of your condition. To some cases, surgery for rhinitis is needed. For these cases, it is best to consult your physicians first before deciding on anything. If you need surgery, it is best to follow as advised to lessen the pain and hassle of having rhinitis for a period of time.

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