What is rhinitis

What is rhinitis

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

 Rhinitis, namely the common cold, is a frequent symptom of an infection of the upper respiratory tract. It is caused by an inflammatory condition of the nasal mucous membrane attacked by viruses. As a result of the infection, the nasal mucous membrane swells, reducing the permeability of fine blood vessels. In consequence, this leads to the formation of exudation. Swelling of the nasal mucous membrane and the thickening secretion limit the flow of air and make it difficult to breathe.

Usually, at the beginning of a viral infection, rhinitis is watery and it thickens after a few days. If there is no bacterial infection – thick rhinitis is a sign that the common cold is easing off.

However, if you notice that you have green or purulent secretions, it may prove that the infection is bacterial and it is necessary to consult a physician.

Rhinitis is a common complaint. It is not harmful but it is troublesome because it makes breathing difficult and lowers our spirits. Therefore, if you have rhinitis, begin treating it on your own. Both home remedies, drops, sprays or lozenges allow you to quickly and effectively fight this frequent condition called rhinitis.

Remember that watery, chronic rhinitis may also be a sign of an allergy. Therefore, if you suspect you may have allergic rhinitis, use medications for an allergy in order to alleviate the symptoms and visit a physician in order to learn about the cause of your condition.

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