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What Is The Best Treatment For Nonallergic Rhinitis?

People suffering from the problem of nonallergic rhinitis have a runny nose with swelling or inflammation in its internal area to cause cold symptoms, such as the blocked nose, sneezing, and itchiness. Whenever a person suffers from rhinitis, his/her blood vessels within the nose expands to cause swelling in its linings. This further leads to the stimulation of the nose’s mucous glands to cause drippy and congestion further. Nonallergic type of rhinitis affects adults and children both. (1)

What Is The Best Treatment For Nonallergic Rhinitis?

What Is The Best Treatment For Nonallergic Rhinitis?

Before your doctor recommends any specific medicine to cure the problem of nonallergic rhinitis, he or she gives you a few valuable recommendations to avoid its triggers largely. Accordingly,

  • If you are a patient of nonallergic rhinitis, you should avoid tobacco smoking and should never allow anyone in your home to smoke.
  • You should avoid any fireplace or wood-burning type of stove that triggers your symptoms.
  • Stay away from cleaning agents, perfumes, certain brands of scents and household sprays in case you experience any symptom.
  • Strictly avoid any material, especially chemical that may cause a running nose. (3)

Medications To Handle The Problem

Some of them:

Nasal Glucocorticoids

Doctors recommend for daily usage of nasal glucocorticoid medications, like fluticasone, budesonide or triamcinolone to get immediate relieve in symptoms. You may avail each of the mentioned nasal sprays in the form of over-the-counter medications. You may need a few days or weeks to observe its effect completely.

Nasal Antihistamines

Nasal antihistamines are prescribed medical drugs, like azelastine and olopatadine. These have prime roles to relieve your symptoms related to sneezing, congestion and postnasal drip within only a few minutes. These medications are effective when you use them regularly.

In some cases, people may obtain benefits by using a combination of nasal glucocorticoids and nasal antihistamines.

Nasal Ipratropium Bromide

If you suffer from the discharge of watery nasal after having any specific type of food or beverage, you should choose for nasal ipratropium bromide medicine.

Oral Decongestant Type Of Medicines

Doctors recommend for the oral decongestant type of medications, like for instance pseudoephedrine to give you immediate relief from the problem of congestion. However, these types of decongestant medicines are not recommendable until and unless you fail to get any good results from nasal glucocorticoids and nasal antihistamines. Also, you should not use decongestant nasal sprays containing phenylephrine and oxymetazoline for more than 2days at one time. Doing so may result in overuse or rebound congestion.

Treatment Via Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation has benefitted most of the people suffering from the problem of nonallergic rhinitis. Accordingly, doctors recommend you rinsing your nostrils by using saline i.e. saltwater solution for two or more than two times in one day. To perform this activity, you may use varieties of over-the-counter products, such as neti-pots, bottle sprayers, and bulb syringes. You have to rinse the nostril by using a minimum of 200mililiters of the saline solution during each of the irrigations.

If you are flushing, irrigating or rinsing the sinuses, you have to use sterile, distilled or simply boiled water for preparing the irrigation solution. You should also assure to rinse the irrigation device after you use it for every time and keep it open for air drying procedure.

By performing this activity for one time or two times in a day, the nasal irrigation method may help you a lot in the treatment of postnasal drip. Simultaneously, the method clears your sinuses before you use any of the medicated nasal sprays.

Surgery To Cure Nonallergic Rhinitis

If you do not get relief from the aforementioned treatment methods, doctors will recommend surgery to correct a deviated septum or remove the nasal polyps. However, surgery is preferable only when other treatment options fail to provide relieve or reduce your symptoms. (2)


Based on the aforementioned information about treatment options, we should say that nasal irrigation is the best treatment to deal with a runny nose and/or nonallergic rhinitis.


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Last Modified On:June 5, 2021

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