What is Persistent Rhinitis?

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When your nasal cavities or nose is inflamed and you experience symptoms that causes irritation and disrupts your daily activities, you may have rhinitis. Rhinitis is mostly due to having a cold. Symptoms vary and length may vary from one person to the other but the most common signs that a person has rhinitis are:

  • Watery discharge of mucus (runny nose)
  • Congested nasal cavities
  • Blockage of nasal passageway – difficulty in breathing
  • Headache
  • Facial aches (mostly in the eyes and nose area)
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Itchy nose
  • Losing the ability to taste and smell
  • Or a combination of two or more of the mentioned above

A person can experience rhinitis for as short as an hour or two or a person can experience persistent rhinitis on for duration of time from a month to a year. Having to experience persistent rhinitis can give you pain and it may give difficulty in daily functions at school, work or with your social life. It can be a hassle, so as early as possible it is imminent that you cure rhinitis right away.

Persistent rhinitis is divided into two categories. The most common is the allergic type of persistent rhinitis. Allergies are due to the irritation and inflammation of your nasal passages when it comes in contact with allergen such as dusts, pollens, and other factors. If you have allergies or if you experience allergic reaction, then you are very susceptible in experiencing rhinitis.  There are different causes to allergic reaction. House dust is the most common cause of allergies but a person can also be allergic to other random stuff like animal hair or consumption of a specific type of food. House dust and mites that live in your home can be the cause of your allergic reaction since some peoples nose are easily irritated by these. Some are also allergic to animal hair and fur so it is best to know if you are, and if it’s the case then it is best to remove any animals that can cause this like dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, etc. And in some cases, people can get allergic to chemicals that you usually use at home like cleaning products, hairsprays, latex, etc.

Another cause of allergic rhinitis is hay fever which is common during the pollen season that usually occurs in late spring to early summer. Hay fever is seasonal and it won’t usually affect you all year round but when the season strikes, there are specific months that you will encounter allergic rhinitis often.

Another type of rhinitis is non-allergic rhinitis. This is similar to allergic rhinitis but different in a sense that it is triggered by various factors and not just allergens. Some of the causes are:

  • Food & beverages – there are people who are sensitive to preservatives, hot or spicy food, food coloring, etc. Be sure to know that is included in your meal to avoid rhinitis.
  • Polluted air – fumes from vehicles, smoke from cigarettes, chemicals, various strong odors and smell are the main factors why a person experience rhinitis which is why it is important to not get in contact with these. If it is not possible, then it is best to use a tissue or handkerchief to protect and cover your nose when necessary.
  • Medications – there are some medications that has side effects. Some of these medications are: aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicines, betablocker, contraceptive pills and a lot more. Before you ingest anything, make sure that what you are taking in is safe and is prescribed by a physician to avoid getting persistent rhinitis.

To avoid either allergic or non-allergic rhinitis, do the necessary precaution as to limit your chances of rhinitis. When you experience rhinitis, it can either last as short as a day but there are some severe cases that it last for months. Keep your immune system up by eating right and doing proper exercise and take notes of the stuff that can trigger rhinitis anytime.

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