It might seem that rhinitis is a harmless complaint which you can treat on your own using over the counter medications. However, before you use the proper medication for rhinitis you should learn what types of rhinitis there are in order to treat it quickly and effectively. Viral rhinitis, purulent rhinitis, sinus rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinitis are the most common types of rhinitis.
Viral rhinitis – a frequent symptom of an infection of the upper respiratory tract, namely a typical viral common cold, caused by rhinoviruses. Watery at the beginning, it becomes thicker with time and if there are no complications – passes after approx. 7 days.
Purulent rhinitis – the effect of a bacterial infection of the nasal mucous membrane, initially attacked by viruses. Purulent rhinitis is thick, yellow or green pus. It often has an unpleasant smell. It requires treatment with antibacterial medications.
Sinus rhinitis – one of the symptoms of sinusitis. May be watery, thick or purulent-mucous. Usually, it is accompanied by headaches, disorders of the sense of smell and general discomfort. Sinus rhinitis requires treatment due to the risk of complications from acute sinusitis which can be dangerous to health.
Allergic rhinitis – one of the symptoms of an allergic reaction, arising as a result of the body’s exposure to the seasonal effect of allergens (pollen). Intensive, watery allergic rhinitis can be treated temporarily with antihistamine preparations.
Chronic rhinitis – lasting more than 2-3 weeks, may also be caused by, among others, recurring infections of the respiratory tract, improper structure of the nose (e.g. crooked nasal septum), hormone changes, a chronic inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane. Chronic rhinitis requires a proper diagnosis and specialised treatment.
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