Rhinitis

Rhinitis is inflammation in the inside of your nose which causes congestion and the production of mucus. This can be of allergic and non-allergic origin.

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Common questions

What is rhinitis?

Non-allergic rhinitis is swelling and inflammation of the inside of the nose. This is usually because swollen blood vessels and fluid in the nose block the nasal passages and stimulate the mucus glands resulting in a blocked or runny nose.

Allergenic rhinitis is similar inflammation caused by an allergy.

Why would I have treatment for rhinitis?

You should see a doctor if you have symptoms that affect your quality of life. If the causes of your symptoms aren’t obvious, you may be referred to an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist to have further tests.

What is treatment for rhinitis?

Treatment for rhinitis will depend on the exact cause of your condition. These may include allergy tests, blood tests or a further examination to eliminate other conditions such as sinusitis or nasal polyps. This may involve looking inside your nose with an endoscope, a small flexible instrument with a camera at the end.

 Other tests include a nasal inspiratory flow test (to measure the airflow of your breathing) or computerised tomography (CT scan).

What happens during treatment for rhinitis?

Treatment may include allergy tests, blood tests or a further examination to eliminate other conditions such as sinusitis or nasal polyps. This may involve looking inside your nose with an endoscope, a small flexible instrument with a camera at the end.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.