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Rhinitis Symptoms

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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.

What are the Symptoms

  • Nasal irritation (duh! It's the definition of Rhinitis)
  • Itchy or runny nose
  • Stuffed nose
  • Sinus pain or pressure
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Lost sense of smell or taste
  • Nosebleeds

What causes Rhinitis

  • Temperature changes
  • Spicy food
  • Some medications
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfume
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Allergens

Main types of Rhinitis

There are several different types of Rhinitis:

  • Acute Rhinitis- Symptoms last less than 6 weeks and is the result of temporary irritaiton.
  • Chronic Rhinitis- Last longer than 6 weeks and is caused by ongoing irriation.
  • Infectious Rhinitis- Is caused by viruses or bacteria, as with a cold or sinusitis.

If your nasal irritation symptoms are caused by allergies, then it is called allergic rhinitis. There are few different types of allergic rhinitis:

  • Perrinial Rhinitis- Occurs year round. Allergies that occur year round are usually triggered by indoor allergens including dust, dust mites, and pet dander. Perennial rhinitis often becomes worse during the onset of spring, when seasonal allergens are in the air.
  • Seasonal Rhinitis- Occurs during spring, summer, or fall. This is most likely caused by pollen and other plant allergens.

For a complete list of the various types and causes of Rhinitis, see our page on Rhinitis.