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Allergic & Non-Allergic Rhinitis: What You Need to Know

What is Non-Allergic Rhinitis?

Rhinitis is a term which describes the symptoms derived from nasal irritation or inflammation. Symptoms of rhinitis include running nose, stuffy nose due to blockage or congestion, itching, and sneezing.

While rhinitis lasting less than six weeks is considered acute rhinitis, symptoms lasting longer than that period are called chronic rhinitis. Acute rhinitis is often caused by chemical irritation or infections. On the other hand, chronic rhinitis is caused by allergy or other factors.

What is Allergic Rhinitis?

Commonly known as hay fever, allergic rhinitis affects over 15% of adults and children in the United States. Allergic rhinitis takes two different forms: seasonal and perennial.

Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis occur in spring, summer, and early fall, typically caused by allergic sensitivity to pollen or airborne mold spores. Those who suffer from perennial allergic rhinitis experience symptoms all year long. It is generally caused by sensitivity to house dust, animal dander, and mold spores.

How is Rhinitis Treated?

Although no cure is available, options include ignoring your symptoms, avoiding or decreasing exposure to allergens or irritants in a practical manner, and taking medications for symptom relief.

The following are effective ways to less exposure to pollen and molds:

  • Keep windows closed and use air-conditioning in the summer
  • Don’t hang clothing outdoors to dry since pollen may cling to them
  • Limit outdoor activities in the early morning since outdoor air is most heavily saturated with pollen between 5 and 10 a.m.
  • Wear a dusk mask when mowing the lawn, gardening, or raking leaves

If you are suffering from uncomfortable allergies in Plantation, FL, contact us at Florida Sinus & Snoring Specialists, Inc. and let us provide you with a comprehensive allergy treatment plan today.