How is nonallergic rhinitis treated?

There is no cure for nonallergic rhinitis. Many people manage symptoms with self-care measures, changes to their environment and medications.

Nonallergic rhinitis caused by a viral infection usually resolves on its own without treatment.

If your condition results from exposure to triggers like perfumes, treatment may be as simple as avoiding the triggers that cause your symptoms.

Adding humidity to the air of your home or workplace may ease symptoms. It may be helpful to rinse your nasal passages with a saline (salt water) solution to clean out your nose and nasal cavities.

Prescribed medications can decrease nasal inflammation and manage your symptoms. These medications may include:

  • Decongestant nasal sprays to relieve nasal congestion
  • Antihistamine nasal sprays that reduce inflammation in the nose
  • Corticosteroid nasal sprays to reduce nasal inflammation
  • Anticholinergic nasal sprays to minimize the amount of mucus produced in your nose

What complications are associated with nonallergic rhinitis?

Left untreated, nonallergic rhinitis may cause persistently blocked nasal passages or a constantly runny nose. These conditions can cause complications including:

  • Middle ear infections
  • Nasal polyps
  • Sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinus cavities
  • Difficulty sleeping, and a tired feeling during the day
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating

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