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.

What are the risk factors for vasomotor rhinitis?

The risk factors for developing vasomotor rhinitis are not known. However, the symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis can be triggered by a variety of causes including:

  • Alcohol use
  • Asthma
  • Certain odors, such as smoke or perfume
  • Dry air
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Injury to the nose
  • Polluted air
  • Spicy food
  • Strong emotion

Reducing your risk of vasomotor rhinitis

While the cause of vasomotor rhinitis is unknown, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing symptoms by:

  • Avoiding polluted air
  • Avoiding triggers such as spicy foods
  • Engaging in regular physical activity to open up the airways

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 ... Read more about vasomotor rhinitisintroduction


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:


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.

Nasal sprays for vasomotor rhinitis

Nasal sprays may be helpful for the treatment of the symptoms of vasomotor r... Read more about vasomotor rhinitistreatments

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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