Should I talk to my doctor about my non-allergic rhinitis symptoms?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Symptoms such as nasal congestion are related to non-allergic rhinitis and can recur year-round. In some cases, these symptoms can become severe or do not respond to self-care of over-the-counter medication. In these cases, you should talk to your doctor about non-allergic rhinitis.

If you have a doctor's appointment to be tested for non-allergic rhinitis, there are things you can do to plan beforehand. Make a list of the symptoms you are having, as well as many medications you are taking. Your doctor will conduct a physical exam, concentrating on your eye, nose and ears, and ask whether you are exposed to irritants such as chemical fumes. You may also receive a skin or blood test to rule out any allergies, as this can produce similar symptoms as non-allergic rhinitis.

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