By John Smith
Rhinitis is what is described as a condition that can cause swelling, reddening, and irritation of the nose and eyes. This condition can be caused by allergens in the air particularly dust particles, dander from animals, or even pollen due to certain plants if people are allergic to them. You can also have Rhinitis and not be allergic to anything at all it can be caused from blockages in the nasal passageway due to injury or from birth.
You will know when you have Allergic Rhinitis when your eyes begin to water and itch, your nose begins to run and itch, you might start coughing or sneezing, and it will all be accompanied by nasal congestion, or, a stuffy nose.
If any of these symptoms last more than two weeks, you need call a doctor.
There are a few ways you can treat this, there are nasal sprays, anti-histamines, decongestants and allergy shots. You can also try taking a wet rag, placing it over your face and breathe in and out through the damp cloth or a humidifier.
To treat Allergic Rhinitis altogether though, it would probably be best to avoid situations that promote allergies. Most of the problem is pollen, dust and animal dander. Sometimes cigarette smoke can even be a factor if you are not used to being around it. The best way to prevent Rhinitis from occurring is if it is spring or summer; try to stay inside"especially if someone has just mowed a lawn. If it is because of pets, keep them outdoors, or if they are inside animals make sure they are bathed and brushed often. Don't let the animals on furniture. If it is because of smoke, it is best that you wash everything including yourself after you've been around it. Stay away from places where there is heavy dust. Look into purchasing an air filter of some sort.
Allergic Rhinitis might not sound like that big of a deal, but if it is present long enough in someone it can lead to a sinus infection which affects not only your eyes and nose, but your ears throat and head as well. If this happens in younger children, it can lead to having to remove the tonsils, it can affect their speech, and hearing, causes them to snore, have insufficient oxygen levels. True, these are the worst possible scenarios"but it is what can happen if Rhinitis is neglected.
It is also encouraged to drink lots and lots of water, and get plenty of rest. Resting is a time for your body to fight off any sicknesses it might have, and lack of rest will weaken your body's immune system, letting whatever viruses take over.