Whereas conventional drugs have failed, these natural remedies have helped many rhinitis sufferer’s to relieve their symptoms.
Non-allergic rhinitis is the medical term given to a runny or stuffy nose not caused by allergies that won’t get better or the symptoms come back repeatedly.
The linings of the nose become swollen due to inflammation. The mucus glands in the nose get stimulated, causing a congested, runny nose. Many things can trigger this nasal swelling such as;- environmental or occupational irritants – dust, smog, chemical fumes, second hand smoke or strong odours such as perfumes, weather changes – temperature or humidity changes, infections – A viral infection such as the cold or flu is a common cause. This type of non-allergic rhinitis usually clears up within a few weeks but can cause lingering mucus in the throat (post nasal drip). Sometimes this type of rhinitis can become chronic, causing ongoing discoloured nasal discharges, facial pain and tenderness (sinusitis), foods and beverages – hot or spicy food, beer, wine and other alcohol and food types can cause nasal inflammation, certain medications – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as aspirin and ibuprofen and high blood pressure medications such as beta blockers. Sedatives, antidepressants, oral contraceptives and drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction can also cause it, hormone changes – Changes in hormones due to pregnancy, menstruation, oral contraceptive use or a hormonal condition called hypothyroidism, stress – emotional or physical stress, prolonged use of decongestant nasal drops or sprays – Using these for more than the recommended time (usually a few days) can cause more severe nasal congestion when the decongestant wears off, often called rebound congestion, certain health problems – A number of chronic health conditions can cause or worsen rhinitis such as asthma, lupus, cystic fibrosis etc.
The symptoms include;- runny nose, nasal congestion and difficulty breathing, sinus/facial pain, sinus/facial tenderness, sinus/facial pressure, headaches, pain in teeth, pain in jaw, pain in ears, pain through and around eyes, fatigue, dizziness, drainage of a thick yellow or green discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat (post nasal drip), reduced sense of smell and taste, cough (which may be worse at night), nausea, sore throat and halitosis (bad breath), irritability, sleep disorders, anxiety and nervousness, chronic nose bleeds, perforated septum, dry/crusty nasal passages, rapid heart beat.
These proven remedies have relieved the symptoms of many non-allergic rhinitis sufferer’s.
SinuSoothe 100% Natural Nasal Spray – This is doctor recommended and relieves a runny nose, post nasal drip, nasal congestion and other nasal symptoms. The ingredients have been clinically proven to be effective and it provides a long term solution for many sinus conditions including non-allergic rhinitis.
Saline nose sprays – These are extremely useful for moisturizing dry sinus passages, relieving nasal congestion and removing irritants that are causing the rhinitis. They come in two forms – isotonic and hypertonic solutions and it is important to find a saline nasal spray that is free from chemicals.
Irrigation of nasal passages – Using either an isotonic or hypertonic solution, this is administered to the sinus passages using a neti-pot or similar device. The sheer quantity of saline used can effectively relieve nasal congestion and remove irritants.
Butterbur, quercetin etc. – Natural anti-histamines such as these are just as effective as the otc ones but without the side effects. They only help some rhinitis sufferer’s but may still be worth a try.
Anti-inflammatories (natural) – Turmeric, ginger, omega 3 oils and vitamin C are all excellent natural alternatives to ibuprofen, aspirin etc. They do not cause the same undesirable side effects and by reducing inflammation they can reduce rhinitis symptoms.
Improving immune function – Improving immune system function by supplementing a healthy diet with vitamins can regulate the body’s reaction to irritants. Exercise, reducing stress and sleep also assist the immune system.
Trigger avoidance – When it is practical and possible to do so it is recommended to avoid your rhinitis triggers such as environmental irritants etc.
Please consult your doctor before using new treatments.
Want to find out more about nasal sprays or natural nasal sprays, then visit Helen Miller at SinuSoothe’s website where she is always happy to help. Helen is a leading expert in her field and has helped many sinus sufferer’s.