Non-allergic rhinitis is a condition which is characterized by runny nose, which is not attributed to an allergy. Non-allergic rhinitis is further classified into non inflammatory and inflammatory rhinitis. Vasomotor rhinitis is non-inflammatory and non-allergic rhinitis which is trigger by certain nonspecific stimuli.
Statistical data suggests that the average age for onset of vasomotor rhinitis is about 20 years and is more frequently observed in females compared to males.
Causes Of Vasomotor Rhinitis
Vasomotor rhinitis is trigger by certain non-specific stimuli which include,
- Change in environmental factors like temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity or weather in general.
- Exposure to airborne irritants like fumes or odors.
- Dietary factors including alcohol or consumption of spicy food.
- Emotional factors like stress can also trigger an episode. Sexual arousal in some can also lead to vasomotor rhinitis.
The pathology associated with vasomotor rhinitis is presumed to be associated with neurogenic inflammation, which in turn cases dilation of the blood vessel linings in the nose.
Vasomotor Rhinitis Symptoms
The symptoms associated with vasomotor rhinitis are very similar to allergic rhinitis which include,
- Rhinorrhea or watery discharge from the nose. This discharge is usually transparent and clear, however super added infection may lead to greenish or yellowish nasal discharge.
- Nasal congestion and stuff nose may be associated with difficulty in breathing through the nose.
- Recurrent episodes of sneezing are also common.
- Systemic symptoms of generalized fatigue and irritability are usually present in mixed rhinitis cases.
Natural Remedies For Vasomotor Rhinitis
Here are some natural prevention and treatment regimen that can help keeping vasomotor rhinitis at bay,
- Take hot water bath at least once each day. Spending a few minutes in steamy environment can help prevent inflammation of nasal passages. Steam inhalation is also recommended in cases of severe vasomotor rhinitis. Add a drop of tea tree oil to the water in the steaming pan, as tea tree oil has strong antimicrobial properties and can help prevent secondary infections.
- Simply apply a couple of drops of Eucalyptus essential oil on to your fingers and inhale. This will help relieve nasal congestion and alleviate the other associated symptoms.
- Consume a juice of horseradish root and lemons once every day, especially during change in weather. Lemon is loaded with vitamin C which enhances natural immunity while horseradish helps keep the sinuses clear.
- Include pepper in your diet or add pepper to tomato or corn soup and consume twice a day. Pepper contains cayenne which is a natural nasal decongestant.
- Bromelain is a plant enzyme which has strong anti-inflammatory properties should be consumed on empty stomach, thrice a day. The recommended dosage is 200-400 mg per day.
- Consuming freshly crushed garlic cloves can help improve the inflammation of the nasal mucosa. It actually makes the mucus less sticky allowing it to drain out and decongesting the sinuses.
- Elderflower is also considered good for vasomotor rhinitis and should be consumed during a flare-up.
It is important to confirm the diagnosis before using these home remedies. A healthy diet and regular exercise will always contribute to strengthen the immunity and prevent recurrence of vasomotor rhinitis.