Category: Illness or disabilities



Introduction and description


Rhinitis  is irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the nose.

Common symptoms are a stuffy nose, runny nose, itching, sneezing, coughing and post-nasal drip.  The inflammation of the mucous membrane is caused by pathogens - viruses, bacteria, fungi, toxins, and other irritants.

All the observations for rhinitis, the symptoms in detail and the causes are described under the more general heading of Nose diseases - please follow the link.

Allergic rhinitis  is repeated rhinitis on exposure to a specific substance.  One example is 'hay fever' but there are many more examples.  

It is part of the overall allergic response and thus more correctly is classified as Asthma and other allergic responses – many researchers are beginning to understand that sinusitis, rhinitis, asthma and various so called auto-immune responses are simply differing manifestations of the same pathological process, with considerable overlap.

Thus it may be more helpful to follow the link provided to allergies rather than that to the nose diseases if you have allergic rhinitis. 


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