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Are there alternative treatments for rhinitis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
There isn't a lot of research to support alternative treatments for rhinitis, but some people have suggested that some work to relieve rhinitis caused by allergies or by a cold virus. People have claimed that unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloid -free butterbur, stinging nettle, Tinospora cordifolia, cat's claw, belladonna, bromelain, choline, goldenseal, and honey might help allergic symptoms. Butterbur, bromelain, and Tinospora cordifolia have achieved some positive research results.

For rhinitis caused by a cold virus (acute viral rhinitis), some people suggest echinacea may shorten the length of sickness and relieve symptoms, though there isn't any scientific proof that it can prevent rhinitis. Vitamin C hasn't been shown to lower your risk of a cold, but it might shorten the length of time you have to tolerate rhinitis. Zinc nasal sprays may be effective but are generally discouraged by the medical community because many people who use them lose their sense of smell permanently.

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