Vasomotor Rhinitis

Vasomotor Rhinitis: What Is It and How Can I Treat It?

Vasomotor rhinitis is a condition that affects the nasal passage, resulting in inflammation and blockage of the nose. Symptoms include loss of smell, nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and post-nasal drip. These symptoms can be similar to allergic rhinitis, however, vasomotor rhinitis is not caused directly by an allergen.

Causes of Vasomotor Rhinitis

The exact cause of vasomotor rhinitis is not known. However, it is believed to be related to an imbalance in the nerves and hormones that control the nose’s ability to respond to irritants. This imbalance could be caused by a number of factors, including but not limited to: crhines, hormones, air pollution, nicotine, emotions, weather changes, and certain medications.

Treatment of Vasomotor Rhinitis

Fortunately, there are treatments available for vasomotor rhinitis and relief from the symptoms. The most common treatments include:

  • Anti-histamines
  • Decongestants
  • Allergy Testing (to eliminate allergies as the cause)
  • Nasal Sprays
  • Humidifiers in the home and office
  • Avoiding Triggers (such as, perfumes, smoke, and strong odors)

It is important to speak to a medical professional before trying any of these treatments, as some medications may have side effects, and other treatments may not be suitable for certain individuals.

Living with Vasomotor Rhinitis

Living with vasomotor rhinitis can often be difficult as the symptoms can be chronic and disruptive to everyday life. It is important to remember to be patient and follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor in order to find relief from the symptoms. Additionally, it is important to practice stress management techniques and maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to help reduce the inflammation and blockage of the nose.