The are two kinds of rhinitis (pronounced rye-NITIS): allergic and non-allergic. In allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever) your nose starts to run and your eyes itch because you are breathing something you are allergic to - -such as pollens, smoke or even perfumes. An allergist can help determine what you are allergic to and to determine if allergy shots might help. Some people have non-allergic rhinitis (not caused by allergies) that can last all year. The symptoms are a runny nose, nasal inflammation and stuffiness. Causes of this kind of rhinitis can be pollution, smoke or can be a side effect of medicines. There are effective ways to control non-allergic rhinitis including nasal sprays and decongestants; however, it's always safe to check with a doctor or pharmacist before beginning any medication. The right diagnosis is critical to controlling and treating your rhinitis.