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Rhinitis Symptoms are very similar to hay fever and other allergy symptoms but are not always caused by the same things. Rhinitis is a term that doctors use to describe the symptoms of nasal irritation.
Nasal irritation does not have to be caused by allergies! Your body may be irritated by a number of various substances, but an allergic response only occurs when the immune system is involved. Even though the symptoms can mimic allergic reactions they are not a result of the immune system response that occurs in allergies.
This is an important distinction.
Some doctors believe that what many people consider to be allergies are just irritations caused by things such as dust or smoke.
There are several different types of Rhinitis:
If your nasal irritation symptoms are caused by allergies, then it is called allergic rhinitis. There are few different types of allergic rhinitis:
For a complete list of the various types and causes of Rhinitis, see our page on Rhinitis.