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What To Eat & Avoid When You Have Nonallergic Rhinitis?

Nonallergic rhinitis consists of chronic sneezing and drippy yet congested nose without any apparent cause. The symptoms related to the nonallergic form of rhinitis are almost similar to the ones of hay fever but do not contain any usual evidence related to an allergic reaction. (1)

What To Eat & Avoid When You Have Nonallergic Rhinitis?

What To Eat When You Have Nonallergic Rhinitis?

Unlike allergic rhinitis, nonallergic counterparts do not mandate having any specific group of foods to eat. However, it is better to have the same diet if you suffer from the problem of nonallergic rhinitis to get immediate relief from your problem. Accordingly-

Garlic And Other Quercetin-Based Foods

Garlic may benefit both allergic and nonallergic rhinitis patients, as it has quercetin i.e. a polyphenol to help you in controlling the histamine levels produced in your body.

Simultaneously, garlic assures about steady histamine levels, while its quercetin checks allergic symptoms because of the anti-inflammatory effect. Other than garlic, you may try other quercetin-based alternatives, such as peppers, onions, apples, broccoli, beans, and berries.

Ginger: Ginger comes with both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Thus, it helps you in combatting various symptoms related to rhinitis, such as irritated eyes, sore throat, and nasal blockages.

Pineapples: Pineapples come with bromelain i.e. a compound to deal with allergic rhinitis and nonallergic rhinitis effectively. Even a few of the research studies have proved that bromelain helps in reducing swelling and thereby, resolves the nasal congestion problem. You should keep in mind that inflammation in your nasal passages and on the nasal skin often develops because of histamine in excessive amounts. Also, bromelain helps in thinning your mucus, so that you may easily manage your symptoms of coughing and congestion.

Salmon: Salmon or any other similar type of oily fish constitutes an excellent omega-3 source. Omega-3 possesses anti-inflammatory properties to give immediate relief from various rhinitis symptoms, especially swollen eyes, and sore throat. Besides salmon, you may try a few other foods containing Omega-3 i.e. tuna, chia seeds, flaxseeds, anchovies, herring, and mackerel.

Orange: Histamine in excessive amounts may cause inflammation and skin rash both. Positively, vitamin C fruits, especially orange is a type of natural antihistamine and hence, it helps in counteracting both skin rashes and inflammation effects. Besides, vitamin C gives support to your immune system, which is of huge significance to overcome your symptoms. Other than oranges, you may try a few other fruits and veggies, which have vitamin C. These are strawberries, green and red peppers, broccoli, blackcurrants, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and kiwi.

Yogurt: A few of the specific types of yogurt come with probiotics. According to research studies, yogurt containing probiotics have positive effects on various symptoms related to rhinitis. This is especially true when the problem takes place because of pollen or a patient becomes relatively higher sensitive to pollen.

What To Avoid When You Have Nonallergic Rhinitis?

Whether you suffer from nonallergic rhinitis, you have to avoid a few of the food items that trigger rhinitis symptoms. These include-

Alcohol: All types of alcohol contain histamine at high levels and they are pro-inflammatory, because of which alcohol exacerbate rhinitis symptoms.

Dairy Products: Dairy products intake may sometimes cause congestion and throat irritation, as they increase the phlegm thickness. Thus, we suggest you go with soya milk or almond milk to let yourself feeling better.

Cakes And Pastries: Both cakes and pastries perform their functions against adrenaline, which intends to control the levels of histamine in the human body. Accordingly, they result in inflammatory symptoms, like skin rashes and congestion.

Hazelnuts: Hazelnuts contain high histamine levels as compared to any other seed or nut. (2)


With a few of the important steps related to foods to eat and foods to avoid, your problem of nonallergic rhinitis stays in control.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 5, 2021

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