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Chronic Rhinitis Specialist

Advantage ENT & Audiology

Otolaryngology & Audiology located in Arvada, CO & Westminster, CO

When you struggle with a congested or runny nose that doesn’t clear up, you may have chronic rhinitis. The board-certified physicians at Advantage ENT have years of experience helping people find relief from chronic rhinitis. Their customized treatment plans target the source of your symptoms so you can breathe freely again. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, or Wheat Ridge, Colorado, or request an appointment online today.

Chronic Rhinitis Q & A

What is chronic rhinitis?

Rhinitis occurs when the membranes lining the inside of your nose become inflamed and swollen. When your nasal inflammation lasts longer than a few months, you have a condition called chronic rhinitis.

Chronic rhinitis falls into one of two possible categories based on the condition’s underlying cause:  

Allergic rhinitis

You have allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever, when your nasal inflammation arises from an allergy. You may have an allergy to pollen, molds, dust mites, animal dander, or other substances you inhale. 

Nonallergic rhinitis

The ongoing inflammation of nonallergic rhinitis may develop due to:

  • Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
  • Certain medications
  • Weather or temperature changes
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • Inflammation unrelated to an allergy

Another type of nonallergic rhinitis, called atrophic rhinitis, occurs as you get older and the membranes inside your nose thin out and harden.

What symptoms develop due to chronic rhinitis?

The tissues lining your nose produce mucus. As chronic rhinitis interferes with normal mucus production, you develop symptoms such as:

  • Runny nose
  • Congested nose
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal obstruction

Chronic rhinitis may also lead to nasal polyps or prevent your sinuses from draining, which in turn causes inflamed sinuses or sinusitis.

Atrophic rhinitis often causes a crust to form in your nose, and then a strong odor develops. You may also have nosebleeds or lose your sense of smell.

How is chronic rhinitis treated?

The Advantage ENT team reviews your medical history and symptoms, examines your nose, and then develops a customized treatment plan to restore normal nasal drainage and relieve congestion.

If you have allergies, your treatment includes a plan to avoid allergens, take over-the-counter medications, and in some cases, receive immunotherapy to treat your allergy.

Nonallergic chronic rhinitis may improve with nose sprays containing saline, antihistamines, or corticosteroids. 

If you need expert care for chronic rhinitis, call Advantage ENT or request an appointment online today.