Up to 24 million Americans have chronic rhinitis today. The frustrating condition causes nasal dripping, itching, stuffiness, and other uncomfortable symptoms that can disrupt your life. At Lake Grove ENT in Lake Oswego, Oregon, the team of talented ENT specialists understands the frustrations of chronic rhinitis, and they’re ready to help with the latest and most effective treatments. Book your appointment online or call the office to arrange a consultation now.
Chronic rhinitis is a condition that occurs when the inside lining of your nose becomes irritated and swells up for an extended time, typically at least a month. In contrast, acute rhinitis is short-lived, typically lasting a few days or weeks.
There are two general types of chronic rhinitis, allergic and nonallergic.
Nonallergic chronic rhinitis typically starts with a viral infection, but it can also be due to environmental irritants such as smoke and smog. Structural problems in your nose, for example, a deviated septum, can also cause nonallergic chronic rhinitis.
Allergic chronic rhinitis is an immune reaction to allergens, so you might develop this condition if you have allergies. Some common allergens are dust, mold, pollen, and pet dander.
Both nonallergic and allergic chronic rhinitis cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. You may need allergy tests to determine which form of chronic rhinitis you have.
Chronic rhinitis causes symptoms including:
The severity can vary from mild to overwhelming. If you suspect chronic rhinitis, your Lake Grove ENT doctor can examine you, diagnose the condition, and recommend proactive treatment plans.
The chronic rhinitis treatment approach depends on the severity of your condition, how it disrupts your life, and your personal wishes.
Many people start out with conservative options, including oral medication, nasal sprays, and nose drops. All of these treatment methods require strict adherence, and they’re not effective for everyone. If you discontinue treatment, your symptoms are very likely to return.
People with severe chronic rhinitis may try immunotherapy (allergy shots) or sublingual immunotherapy. Both of these options are effective but can take some time to work. For example, it takes three to five years on average to build immunity through sublingual immunotherapy.
Lake Grove ENT now offers ClariFix®, the first FDA-cleared in-office solution for chronic rhinitis. The cryotherapy treatment uses freezing temperatures to disable the nerves’ over-signaling that causes so many cases of chronic rhinitis.
Your doctor can perform ClariFix treatment in less than an hour at the Lake Grove ENT office. The treatment usually takes effect within several weeks, and most people achieve long-lasting relief from chronic rhinitis symptoms. ClariFix doesn’t require any downtime.
Learn more about your chronic rhinitis treatment options by booking your consultation online or calling the Lake Grove ENT office now.