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Understanding Allergic and Nonallergic Rhinitis

By:
Houston ENT & Allergy
April 02, 2016

At our ENT clinic in Pearland, we've treated many conditions, and rhinitis is one that we see on a regular basis. It's important to know the difference between allergic and nonallergic rhinitis, in order to understand your symptoms and what triggered your body to react as it did. As your care provider, we will explain the differences and administer the proper treatment for the congestion, coughing, or sore throat that came about as a result of your rhinitis.

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is often seasonal, and many cases arise because of increased pollen levels. Your immune system is reacting to an allergen that you've come into contact with, such as pollen, pet dander, or dust, and your body releases histamines that can cause watery eyes, a runny nose, and/or a sore throat. For those that have nonallergic rhinitis, the symptoms can be similar to allergic rhinitis, but the immune system isn't involved. Airborne pollutants, certain foods, and other irritants can cause sneezing and postnasal drip. Our doctors will examine and diagnose your symptoms, and may run an allergy test to determine which form of rhinitis you're experiencing.

No matter which one you're suffering from, rhinitis is no walk in the park. Constant sneezing, watery eyes, and sore throats will put a damper on anyone's life, and that's why we're here to help. Make an appointment with our Pearland ENT clinic today, and we'll determine which form you're experiencing and what the best treatments are. You'll be breathing easier in no time at all!

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