Rhinitis could be infective, allergic or non-allergic. Infective rhinitis is caused by bacterial or viral infections; allergic rhinitis by certain allergens. Non-allergic rhinitis could be vasomotor, autonomic, hormonal, drug-induced, and gustatory.
Gustatory rhinitis is a non-allergic rhinitis. It has a link to food and alcohol intake. It is set off after you consume certain foods, particularly hot and spicy ones.
By and large, gustatory rhinitis presents as a runny nose, which starts during or after having certain foods. There may also be post nasal drip, blocked nose, watering of the eyes and sneezing. The nasal discharge is watery. Discharge from the nose is caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the nose, which is controlled by the vagal nerve, stimulated by the consumption of the triggering food. Occasionally, there may be a slight headache and throat irritation too.
Children as well as adults are predisposed to gustatory rhinitis, however, adults are found to be more prone. Those having gastro-esophageal reflux have an increased chance of developing this condition.
Causes: Certain foods and drinks trigger gustatory rhinitis. Commonest triggers include: hot chili peppers and spicy food.
Natural Remedies For Gustatory Rhinitis
Home remedies work effectively for gustatory rhinitis:
- Ginger: Ginger is one of the best home remedies to successfully manage the condition. Gingerols found in the root act as potent anti-inflammatory agents, which reduce the inflammation, sneezing and post nasal drip. Have a glass of the boiled root; or have a pinch of powdered ginger with honey. This will banish the symptoms within a couple of hours.
- Mint: Is largely beneficial for gustatory rhinitis; especially that which is triggered by GERD or gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Mint soothes the lining of the GI tract, prevents regurgitation and treats the rhinitis symptoms quickly. Boil about 10 leaves of mint, add a generous amount of honey and consume frequently through the day.
- Cardamom: Cardamom tea has been recommended by most experts to treat rhinitis. Cardamom helps eliminate sneezing, watery nasal discharge and nose block. Boil 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder in water or milk and consume.
- Basil and honey: Basil is an excellent herb which boosts your innate mechanism to fight the symptoms of rhinitis. Boil a few leaves of basil in water, add honey and drink it. Honey soothes the inflamed lining of the nose and throat.
Homeopathic Treatment For Gustatory Rhinitis
Homeopathy medicines are safe and effective means to manage almost any disease condition. There are a host of medicines which treat the symptoms of gustatory rhinitis effortlessly and safely. What’s more homeopathy will promise you a complete freedom of the disorder and will get rid of your tendency to develop the symptoms again.
Experts’ advice the following drugs to be decidedly helpful in the management of the symptoms:
- Allium cepa
These homeopathy drugs resolve the manifestations of gustatory rhinitis in about 3 to 4 hours. Homeopathy will gradually taper your frequency for the condition and help get rid of the problem altogether.
Nonetheless, before embarking on self-medication talk to your health care provider and confer with a homeopath specialist.