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Rhinitis is an inflammation of the membranes inside the nose. A number of different irritants or allergens can cause this inflammation. However, there are times when there’s no specific cause for the inflammation. Other names for this condition are nonallergic rhinitis, idiopathic rhinitis, and rhinitis-nonallergic.
Vasomotor rhinitis isn’t life-threatening. For those affected with the condition, the symptoms can be annoying, but they aren’t serious.
Vasomotor rhinitis occurs when the blood vessels inside your nose dilate, or expand. Dilation of the vessels in the nose produces swelling and can cause congestion. Mucus may also drain from the nose.
It’s not known what causes the blood vessels in the nose to swell. Some common triggers that may produce this reaction include:
The symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis may come and go throughout the year. The symptoms may last several weeks or may be constant. Common symptoms of the condition include:
If you develop vasomotor rhinitis you typically will not have the following symptoms:
These symptoms are common with allergic rhinitis, which is due to an allergy.
Your doctor can diagnose vasomotor rhinitis after ruling out other causes of your symptoms.
If you have symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis, your doctor will first perform different tests to see if your rhinitis is due to an allergy or other health problem. To determine if you have an allergy, your doctor may order a skin test to identify any allergies that you may have or a blood test to see if your immune system is functioning normally.
Your doctor may also order tests to see if you have any sinus problems that may be causing your rhinitis. Tests may include a nasal endoscope to look inside your nose or a CT scan of your sinuses.
If your doctor can’t find any underlying cause for your rhinitis, they’ll then make a diagnosis of vasomotor rhinitis.
If you have vasomotor rhinitis, there are some remedies that you can use to treat the condition at home. Examples include:
If your symptoms are severe or if you have side effects from these OTC medications, your doctor may prescribe other medications to help control your symptoms. Prescription medications that can be used to treat vasomotor rhinitis include:
In rare cases, your doctor may recommend surgical options to treat your symptoms. Surgical options may be helpful if you have an underlying health problem that intensifies your symptoms. Examples include nasal polyps or a deviated septum.
Prevention of vasomotor rhinitis may be difficult if you don’t know what’s causing your symptoms. If you’re able to identify the causes, it may be possible to avoid them. Avoiding these triggers will reduce your symptoms and discomfort.
Contact your doctor if your symptoms are severe. Your doctor may be able to help you find a treatment that works. Your doctor can also diagnose health problems that may be worsening your symptoms. You may be able to prevent, reduce, or eliminate your symptoms with the right treatment.
You should also avoid overusing nasal decongestants. Even though these medications can provide short-term relief for your symptoms, using them for more than three or four days can worsen your symptoms.
If you develop vasomotor rhinitis, your outlook will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Treatment with over-the-counter or prescription medication may help reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Correcting underlying health conditions such as a deviated septum may also help reduce your symptoms and improve your prognosis.
Written by: Darla Burke
Published on: Jul 05, 2012on: Mar 20, 2017
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