What is vasomotor rhinitis?

Vasomotor rhinitis refers to a condition in which the nose is stuffy or runny for reasons other than allergies or infections. Vasomotor rhinitis affects millions of Americans every year. In many cases, the cause of vasomotor rhinitis is not known, but triggers include emotions, odors, poor air quality, spicy foods, and medication side effects.

The symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis can occur very frequently or sporadically. Symptoms include drainage of the nose (rhinorrhea), congestion, and irritation.

While there is no cure for rhinitis, it is treatable. In fact, it is one of the most common chronic disorders in America, leading to treatment costs in the billions of dollars annually. Medical treatments include antihistamines, corticosteroids, anticholinergics, and occasionally decongestants. The most effective treatment for vasomotor rhinitis, however, appears to be avoidance of triggers, such as polluted air or spicy foods.

Seek prompt medical care for vasomotor rhinitis if your symptoms are persistent and interfere with your daily life.

SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis?

Symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis include persistent or sporadic congestion or runny nose. Less common symptoms include sneezing and irritation.

Common symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis

You may experience vasomotor rhinitis symptoms daily or just once in a while. At times any of these symptoms can be severe:

CAUSES

What causes vasomotor rhinitis?

The exact cause of vasomotor rhinitis is not known, even though certain triggers are common. It is important to distinguish between allergic rhinitis and vasomotor rhinitis, as a runny or stuffy nose in allergic rhinitis is caused by a reaction to a specific allergen. In vasomotor rhinitis, triggers that lead to symptoms are much more general.

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TREATMENTS

How is vasomotor rhinitis treated?

Treatments for vasomotor rhinitis are aimed at reducing congestion and preventing rhinorrhea (drainage). The most effective treatment in many cases, however, is simply avoiding triggers. There are both nasal and oral medical treatments for vasomotor rhinitis.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 30, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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