Rhinitis is when the lining of the nasal cavity becomes inflamed, due to allergies or non-allergic triggers. Allergic rhinitis can be diagnosed by carefully performing a history and physical exam, as well as sending you for allergy testing. The blood test or skin test may help your doctor determine if the symptoms are allergic or non-allergic, which is helpful in determining whether an allergen is triggering your condition.
Rhinitis Treatment: Allergic Rhinitis
The best way to treat allergic rhinitis is not to expose yourself to allergens. If you’re allergic, take steps to remove the allergens (such as mold and pet dander) from your home.
Limit your time outdoors if you are allergic to pollen, at times when the plants that trigger your symptoms are blooming. Your home and car should also be kept free of pollen. This can be done by closing the windows and installing filters in the air conditioning.
If you cannot avoid your allergen and are suffering from symptoms, over-the-counter or prescription medications can provide relief. In this case, your doctor might recommend intranasal corticosteroid spray, antihistamines, decongestants, and other medications to help relieve the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
In some cases, immunotherapy is suggested to help lower your sensitivity to the allergen. This may include allergy shots or a tablet that you can take under your tongue.
Rhinitis Treatment: Non-Allergic Rhinitis
If you have nonallergic rhinitis, over-the-counter and prescription nasal medications may be recommended to treat it. These include a nasal corticosteroid spray, saline spray or antihistamine spray.
If you have structural problems in your nasal cavity which are complicating your symptoms, a corrective surgery may be recommended.
Rhinitis: Future Expectations
Rhinitis is a condition that many people experience. It may be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but generally poses little health risk.
Allergic rhinitis usually goes away when you are no longer exposed to the allergen. Nonallergic rhinitis can last for shorter or longer periods of time. With symptom-relieving treatment and avoiding triggers, you can manage the condition effectively.
Rhinitis Treatment: How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Chinese Medicine is an excellent option for rhinitis treatment, especially if you cannot avoid allergens and triggers, and also prefer not to take the risks of medications prescribed by Western Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine doesn’t present the same risks as taking strong medications, as this method is a gentle and holistic approach to treatment.
The main reason why Chinese Medicine can be so effective for rhinitis treatment is that the whole body is taken into account. Chinese Medicine views all the systems within the body as connected to the whole body, the whole universe, and to each other. So when certain symptoms (such as those of rhinitis) are present, this means that specific organs may be out of balance. For example, symptoms which manifest on the nose are directly linked to an imbalance in the functioning of the lungs and large intestine.
So to treat rhinitis, a Chinese Doctor will first attempt to find out the cause of your symptoms, other than the external allergens. By discovering which organs are out of balance, Chinese herbs or acupuncture can then be used to rebalance these organs, allowing them to regain their proper function. Then the symptoms can be reduced or even removed altogether.
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