Rhinitis is quite common, characterized by inflammation of the mucous membrane. You may experience it as a runny or stuffy nose, excessive sneezing, an itchy nose, and eye irritation. Rhinitis is often caused by viral infections or allergic reactions to airborne allergens. Your treatment for rhinitis depends upon the identification of what is causing your reaction.
Who is susceptible to rhinitis? Usually those with a family history of allergies. Allergy sufferers produce an antibody called immunoglobulin E, or IgE for short. The antibody is produced when the body becomes sensitive to airborne allergens like dust, pollen, animal dander, etc. You may have allergic rhinitis if you notice you experience symptoms during a certain time of year like hay fever sufferers during the spring. Your rhinitis can also flare up due to exposure to year round allergens like dust, mold, and animal dander while engaging in activities like cleaning the house.
Viral rhinitis is often experienced with the common cold and can last up to 10 days.
When you visit our office, we can place your rhinitis in one of four categories: infectious, allergic, non-infectious AND non-allergic, and chronic rhinosinusitis. This categorization helps us to determine a treatment program that will work best for you. Non-allergic, non-infectious rhinitis symptoms are generally caused by exposure to smokers, heat and humidity, changes in hormones, pregnancy, abuse of nasal decongestants, and emotional stress. Itchy eyes and throat are most commonly associated with allergic rhinitis patients. Blocked nasal passages, runny nose, and sneezing can be connected with both allergic and non-allergic rhinitis.
To learn more about how we can help you with your symptoms, make an appointment to visit Dr. Ziegner today.
About RAMC: Located in Redondo Beach, CA. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides a medical facility for a wide range of allergy and asthma related conditions, from nasal allergies and hay fever to skin allergy conditions and scalp eczema. If you or your children are in search of seasonal allergy relief, skin allergy treatment, sinus problems or headaches, or have shown signs of an ibuprofen allergy, you are encouraged to contact the team at RAMC. The office also may be contacted by phone at 310-792-9050. Visit the site at http://RivieraAllergy.com
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