What is Non-Allergic Rhinitis?

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**What is Non-Allergic ‌Rhinitis?**

Non-allergic rhinitis,‌ also known⁤ as vasomotor rhinitis [[2]], is a common ​chronic condition that causes inflammation and irritation of the nasal passages ​without an allergic trigger ⁢ [[1]].

**Symptoms of Non-Allergic Rhinitis:**

* Nasal congestion or runny nose [[1]]

* Sneezing [[1]]

* Itchy nose [[1]]

* Reduced sense of smell ‍ [[1]]

**Causes of Non-Allergic Rhinitis:**

The exact cause of non-allergic rhinitis⁤ is unknown, but triggers can​ include:

* Irritants such as smoke, pollution, or strong odors

* Changes in temperature or humidity

* Hormonal changes​ (such as during pregnancy or menopause)

* Certain medications (such as aspirin‌ or ibuprofen)

* Certain foods or ⁤drinks (such as alcohol or spicy foods)

**Diagnosis ‍of Non-Allergic⁤ Rhinitis:**

Non-allergic ⁣rhinitis is typically diagnosed based on a patient’s symptoms ‌and a physical examination‌ of the nose. A doctor may also perform allergy tests to rule​ out allergies as a cause [[1]].

**Treatment of Non-Allergic Rhinitis:**

There is no cure for non-allergic rhinitis, but symptoms can be managed with:

* Nasal‍ sprays⁤ or drops that contain corticosteroids or antihistamines [[3]]

* Oral‌ antihistamines ​ [[3]]

* Decongestants [[3]]

* Allergy shots (immunotherapy) may be beneficial in⁤ some ‌cases

**Lifestyle⁣ Modifications for Non-Allergic Rhinitis:**

In addition to medical​ treatment, lifestyle modifications can help manage symptoms:

* Identifying and avoiding triggers [[1]]

* Using⁤ a saline nasal spray or rinse‌ [[3]]

* Keeping the air in your home humidified [[3]]

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