Rhinitis And What To Do About It

allergic rhinitisRhinitis affects thousands of people in varying degrees. Symptoms can vary from constant sneezing, running or blocked nose to difficulty breathing, sinus headaches and chronic pain. It is due to irritation of the sensitive mucous membrane that becomes inflamed within the nasal cavity. The inflammation can cause the nasal passage to not only become sore but in some cases it can also swell and obstruct the airways, making breathing difficult. Due to the inevitable obstruction that often occurs, mucous can also build up in the nasal cavity making it more difficult to breathe.

Rhinitis is categorised in three ways:

  • Infective rhinitis
  • Non-allergic (vasomotor) rhinitis
  • Allergic rhinitis

Infective rhinitis

This is due to bacterial infections affecting the nasal passage. The infections can be of both an acute and chronic nature. There are various viruses that can cause this, including the common cold. With this type of rhinitis sneezing is often a typical symptom for the sufferer.

Non-allergic rhinitis

This type of rhinitis is typically characterised by a running nose but not due to a bacterial or viral infection of any kind. This type of rhinitis is often triggered in sensitive people by things such as a change in the air temperature or pressure, the presence of odours, a fluctuation in emotional state or various food factors that one may have an intolerance to.

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is also more commonly known as hay fever, irritating the sufferer seasonally (typically in spring or summer) with the presence of pollen. In some people, dust or animal fur such as cats, dogs and horses can also be a trigger. When these types of irritants enter the nasal passage they trigger the release of histamine by the body. The histamine is trying to get rid of the irritant however, it gets out of control and causes the sneezing, running nose and swelling of the nasal passage.

Treatment options

Medication: For the lucky ones, there is a range of medicines and pharmaceutical products that can help for rhinitis conditions and there are also several natural remedies that many people find effective too. These products can range from simple nasal sprays to decongestants that actually help to break down accumulated mucous in the nasal cavity and sinus area. Other medications work to destroy and eliminate bacterial and viral infections and some act to inhibit the action of histamine once it’s release is triggered by the body.

Surgery: For people with a more severe case of rhinitis or if they have any structural damage or miss-alignments then surgery may be necessary. This doesn’t have to be a scary prospect and you will probably find several qualified and highly experienced Rhinoplasty surgeons in your area who can perform the operation for you.

If you live in the San Francisco area then this may be a concern to you, due to the reasonably high pollen count that affects this area in the state of California. However, rhinoplasty surgery is not cheap and many people may be on a budget. So if you are looking for the cheapest San Francisco rhinoplasty surgery then you may want to spend some time looking into pricing options and various other factors that may make the procedure more affordable for you.