Advertisement

Is rhinitis serious?

Though it can make you feel lousy, rhinitis is not a serious condition. However, you should still seek treatment if your symptoms are persistent and interfere with your daily life. Over-the-counter medications may treat your symptoms, but a doctor's appointment might be necessary for more severe rhinitis.  Call your Doctor if you have any questions.

Rhinitis is the general medical term for disorders of the nose in which an inflammation of the lining of the nose occurs and symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, congestion, and drainage result.  Allergic rhinitis is the single most common chronic disease experienced by humans and affects more than 40 million people in the U.S.  It is more commonly known as hay fever, a term used when symptoms occur in late summer.        

Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is not caused by hay nor is it accompanied by a fever.  It is triggered by antibodies that induce the body’s immune cells to release certain chemicals such as histamines in response to contact with allergens.  The most common allergens enter the body through the airway. 

Continue Learning about Rhinitis

What is rhinitis?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Rhinitis is a condition where the mucous membrane inside your nose is swollen and inflamed, which re...
More Answers
Should I tell my child's school about rhinitis?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
It may be beneficial to your child's health and education for you to tell his or her school about rh...
More Answers
How do other illnesses affect rhinitis?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Some illnesses can cause rhinitis. Allergies as well as diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy may l...
More Answers
How are sinusitis and rhinitis related?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Sinusitis is inflammation or infection of the lining of the sinuses that often occurs in conjunction...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.