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woman suffering from rhinitis

Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy provides rhinitis treatment for patients throughout Columbus, IN, and the surrounding areas. Patients suffering from different types of rhinitis turn to our expert team for professional treatment. Whether you suffer from chronic rhinitis or allergic rhinitis, we can help. When you visit one of our Southern Indiana locations for non-allergic or allergic rhinitis treatment, you can rest assured compassionate professionals will treat you in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

What is Rhinitis?

Rhinitis is essentially nasal inflammation. Rhinitis occurs when a reaction causes nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, or a runny nose. There are different types of rhinitis; some are caused solely by inflammation, whereas others are associated with symptoms in the eyes, ears, or throat.

The Causes of Rhinitis

The causes of rhinitis can vary depending on which type of rhinitis you have. There’s also no singular cause of this common condition. Air borne irritants, allergens, viruses, bacteria, changes in the weather, certain foods and beverages, hormonal changes, medications, and stress can cause rhinitis. Typically, rhinitis is temporary and clears up independently, but occasionally, it can become a chronic problem for some individuals. Common causes of rhinitis include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mold
  • Fumes
  • Smoke
  • Pollen
  • Dust Mites
  • Cockroach Waste
  • Animal Dander
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Temperature changes
  • Environmental Changes

The Symptoms & Triggers of Rhinitis

Rhinitis symptoms and triggers can vary from person to person, depending on which type of rhinitis the person has. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are triggered when an allergen is involved. Symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis are triggered when obstruction and rhinorrhea occur due to noninfectious triggers like weather changes, exposure to cigarette smoke, and more. Non-allergic rhinitis symptoms usually mimic the common cold symptoms—runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and post-nasal drip. Non-allergic rhinitis can cause acute sinusitis and chronic sinusitis if left untreated. The most common symptoms of rhinitis include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Snoring
  • Tiredness
  • Itchy Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy Throat
  • Nosebleeds
  • Post-Nasal Drip

The Different Types of Rhinitis

There are several types of rhinitis, the most common being allergic and non-allergic. At Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy, we treat the various types of rhinitis. Below, we’ve gone into detail about each type of rhinitis that we treat at our state-of-the-art facility:

  • Allergic Rhinitis  This type of rhinitis is typically acute and caused by allergens in the air that trigger the release of histamine in the body.
  • Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis  This rhinitis type is often called hay fever and is an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds.
  • Perennial Allergic Rhinitis  Caused by allergens throughout the year, this type of rhinitis can be caused by dust mites, mold, animal dander, and more.
  • Non-Allergic Rhinitis – Smoke, chemicals, environmental irritants, certain medications, hormonal changes, overuse of nasal sprays, and more can cause this type of rhinitis.
  • Chronic Rhinitis – This rhinitis type involves the long-lasting inflammation of the inner lining of the nose and can last for more than four consecutive weeks.
  • Infectious Rhinitis  This is the most common type of rhinitis, and it is sometimes referred to as an upper respiratory infection (URI) or even the common cold.

Obtaining a Rhinitis Diagnosis

Doctor doing skin allergy test at light table, top view

Patients may need to undergo a skin test or blood test to obtain an accurate rhinitis diagnosis. However, these tests will only be able to diagnose allergic rhinitis. Patients may need a computed tomography (CT)scan or nasal endoscopy to obtain an accurate diagnosis of non-allergic rhinitis. Additionally, some patients may need both types of testing to obtain a diagnosis.

Treatment Options for Rhinitis

At Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy, we offer various treatment options for rhinitis. The treatment that best suits your unique needs will depend on what type of rhinitis you have been diagnosed with. If you’ve been diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, your treatment may include corticosteroids, antihistamines, or immunotherapy. Sometimes, decongestants are also used in treatment. If you’ve been diagnosed with non-allergic rhinitis, your treatment may include saline nose sprays, antihistamine nasal sprays, ipratropium nose sprays, decongestants, and steroids.

Why Choose Us for Rhinitis Treatment?

Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy boasts multiple locations throughout Southern Indiana. Our expert team is dedicated and committed to patient satisfaction. We provide premier treatment for rhinitis and a wide range of ear, nose, throat, allergy, and sleep disorders. Accredited through the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, our patients can rest assured knowing we consistently demonstrate a strong commitment to patient safety, standardized quality, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and keeping their best interests in mind. We are experienced in the latest procedures and boast top-of-the-line products. Patient care is our priority.

Contact Us Today for Rhinitis Treatment

The Southern Indiana ENT Sinus & Allergy team is dedicated to providing patients throughout Columbus and the surrounding areas with quick relief for rhinitis symptoms. If you are suffering from rhinitis and are seeking treatment, our board-certified specialists can help. We boast years of experience diagnosing and treating the various types of rhinitis, so rest assured, we know what we’re doing. To learn more about rhinitis treatment or to schedule a consultation, contact our team today.