What is the definition of Nonallergic Rhinopathy?

Rhinitis is a condition that includes a runny nose, sneezing, and nasal stuffiness. When hay allergies (hayfever) or a cold are not causing these symptoms, the condition is called nonallergic rhinitis. One type of nonallergic rhinitis is called nonallergic rhinopathy. This condition used to be known as vasomotor rhinitis.

What are the alternative names for Nonallergic Rhinopathy?

Rhinitis - nonallergic; Idiopathic rhinitis; Nonallergic rhinitis; Vasomotor rhinitis; Irritant rhinitis

What are the causes for Nonallergic Rhinopathy?

Nonallergic rhinopathy is not caused by an infection or allergy. The exact cause is unknown. Symptoms are triggered by something that irritates the nose, such as:

  • A dry atmosphere
  • Air pollution
  • Alcohol
  • Certain medicines
  • Spicy foods, and in some cases, while eating in general
  • Strong emotions
  • Strong odors, such as perfumes, cleaning products (especially bleach) among others

What are the symptoms for Nonallergic Rhinopathy?

Symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
  • Sneezing
  • Watery nasal drainage

What are the current treatments for Nonallergic Rhinopathy?

The main treatment is simply avoiding the things that trigger your symptoms.

Ask your provider if decongestants or nasal sprays containing an antihistamine are right for you. Corticosteroid nasal sprays may be useful for some forms of nonallergic rhinopathy.

When should I contact a medical professional for Nonallergic Rhinopathy?

Call your provider if you think you have symptoms of nonallergic rhinopathy.



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Sur DKC, Plesa ML. Chronic nonallergic rhinitis. Am Fam Physician. 2018;98(3):171-176. PMID: 30215894 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30215894.

  • Condition: Chronic Nonallergic Rhinitis
  • Journal: American family physician
  • Treatment Used: Intranasal Corticosteroids, Intranasal Antihistamines, and Intranasal Ipratropium
  • Number of Patients: 0
  • Published —
This article discusses chronic nonallergic rhinitis (nasal inflammation) encompasses a group of rhinitis subtypes without allergic or infectious causes.

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