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Vasomotor rhinitis: Treatment, symptoms, advice and help

About vasomotor rhinitis

This is a disorder in which there is nasal congestion, watery nasal discharge and sneezing due to non-allergic triggers.

Vasomotor rhinitis: Incidence, age and sex

Vasomotor rhinitis can occur at any age, but is more common in young adults. There is no sex predilection.About 10% of all rhinitis are due to Vasomotor rhinitis.

Signs and symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis: Diagnosis

Patients with Vasomotor Rhinitis suffer from variable degrees of nasal blockage and watery nasal discharge or drip. They may also complain of a poor sense of smell and taste as a result of impaired ventilation .These variations often occur without apparent reason, but may be triggered by environmental changes, eg, extremes of temperature and humidity.Exposure to bright sunlight, spicy foods and sleep deprivation may also result in an exacerbation.

Causes and prevention of vasomotor rhinitis:

Vasomotor rhinitis 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, spicy foods, alcohol, strong emotions, or certain medications. Attempt to reduce exposure to any identifiable rigger. Avoid dry air .Keep air moist.

Vasomotor rhinitis: Complications

Rhinorrhoea, Sinusitis ,Nasal polyps

Vasomotor rhinitis: Treatment

Vasomotor rhinitis is often difficult to treat, but may respond to ipratropium bromide, administered into each nostril 6 – 8 hourly. In some cases, decongestants or a nasal spray containing an antihistamine may help. Corticosteroid nasal sprays may be useful for some forms of vasomotor rhinitis. Beclometasone dipropionate or budesonide aqueous nasal spray, one or two doses of 50µg into each nostril 12 hourly. In patients whose symptoms are very severe, systemic corticosteroids are occasionally indicated. Ulcerative colitis: Treatment, symptoms, advice and help.