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Chronic Rhinitis and Post-Nasal Drip

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Chronic rhinitis and post-nasal drip facts

  • Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose.
  • Symptoms of rhinitis include runny nose (rhinorrhea), nasal itching, nasal congestion, and sneezing.
  • Rhinitis is categorized into allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis, and mixed rhinitis (a combination of allergic and non-allergic).
  • One of the most common characteristics of chronic rhinitis is post-nasal drip, which is mucus accumulation in the back of the nose and throat that drips downward from the back of the nose. Post-nasal drip can cause sore throat, cough, or throat clearing.
  • Treatment for rhinitis includes avoiding allergens, medications (both over-the-counter and prescription), and irrigating the nasal passages. Surgery is a last resort to correct any structural issues in the sinuses that may be causing the symptoms.

Where are the sinuses, and what do they look like?

The sinuses are air-filled bones in a dense portion of the skull bone, and they decrease the weight of the skull. Four right-left pairs form the sinuses.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/22/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/chronic_rhinitis/article.htm

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