Allergy Partners Explains Why Rhinitis Gets No Respect

14:20 EDT 3 Oct 2018 | PR Web

Many medical professionals dismiss rhinitis as trivial, despite the fact that it ranks 5th among chronic conditions in terms of overall economic burden.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (PRWEB) October 03, 2018

“Rhinitis”, the medical term for inflammation of the nose, gets no respect. Rhinitis is a common disorder that affects quality of life and has medical consequences if left untreated. Many medical professionals dismiss rhinitis as trivial, despite the fact that it ranks 5th among chronic conditions in terms of overall economic burden.

Nearly everyone suffers from infectious rhinitis, the "common cold", at some point in their lives. Infectious rhinitis starts with a virus then resolves on its own.

Allergic rhinitis feels like a cold that lasts for weeks or months. Allergic triggers exist year round, even during winter. Allergic rhinitis can impair physical and social functioning. Persistent nasal congestion is associated with sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep disordered breathing affects our ability to focus, and can lead to irritability and depression. Sleep-disordered breathing in children causes inattention and poor learning. The classmates of children with rhinitis are distracted by sniffing and sneezing. Adults isolate themselves socially due to embarrassment caused by frequent nose blowing.

Untreated rhinitis takes a negative financial toll on other respiratory disorders, increasing treatment costs for asthma, chronic sinusitis and ear infections. Patients struggle to alleviate their misery with over-the-counter and prescription medications, while their health care providers overestimate patient satisfaction with medications.

Some patients take daily allergy medications but are not allergic. They suffer from a different type of rhinitis termed non-allergic rhinitis. Non allergic rhinitis symptoms worsen with certain prescription medications, smoke, and strong odors, including perfumes. These patients do not improve with allergy therapy, but instead of getting an accurate diagnosis, they often add more medications. Non allergic rhinitis sufferers can spend hundreds of dollars on medications and antibiotics that may not help.

Proper rhinitis diagnosis can improve treatment outcomes and cut medical costs. If you are regularly purchasing medications and your rhinitis is not controlled, it's time to see an Allergy Partners Allergist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

Contact Information:
Amanda Reed, Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager
Allergy Partners, P.A.
Phone: 828-277-1300
Fax: 828-277-2499
PR: NOVA MedMarket

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