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How do I care for someone with non-allergic rhinitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you are caring for someone who has non-allergic rhinitis, there are things you can do to help them manage this condition. You can help them prevent or lessen the symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis by drinking plenty of fluids, placing a humidifier in their home and workplace, reminding them to rinse their nasal passages on a regular basis, and reminding them to take any medications recommended by your doctor. Complications can develop if this condition is not treated properly. These include nasal polyps, which can cause difficulty breathing; chronic sinusitis, an infection of the sinuses that can lead to swelling and tenderness near the nasal passages; and ear infection. Be aware of these symptoms, and seek a doctor's attention if they occur. In severe cases, these symptoms may need to be relieved with surgery. Also, be aware of side effects such as sleepiness that can occur with medications such as antihistamines. Talk to their doctor about changing medications if these side effects are debilitating.

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