Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from runny nose each year. Often described as rhinorrhea in the medical world, a runny nose is an excess of nasal drainage. This fluid can range from thin and clear to a thick mucus that drains out of your nose or down the back of your throat.
There are several causes of runny nose, such as allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, environmental changes, tobacco smoke and strong fragrances. These triggers cause the lining of the nose to become irritated, which produces a mucus that comes out of the nose.
Allergic rhinitis is the most common cause of runny nose. Caused by environmental allergies, allergic rhinitis causes an itchy and runny nose, frequent sneezing and nasal congestion. Some other symptoms might include:
- Itchy nose, ears and throat
- Red or watery eyes
- Fatigue and loss of concentration
- Drowsiness or tiredness
Other forms of rhinitis are very common, affecting about 19 million Americans each year. These can be caused by upper respiratory infection or environmental changes, such as air pollution, smog or cold and dry air. Tobacco smoke, strong fragrances and detergents can also be a cause for non-allergic rhinitis. Some women also experience rhinitis due to a pregnancy, menopause or hormonal alterations.
Both types of rhinitis lead to miserable symptoms. Since the types are so similar, allergy tests should be performed to find out the cause of the rhinitis. Once Dr. Shuaib provides a thorough evaluation, he might recommend one of several treatment options:
- Antihistamine medications
- Intranasal steroids
- Intranasal anticholinergics
- Leukotriene modifiers
If none of these methods work, then Dr. Shuaib may recommend surgical options that can provide long term relief to improve your quality of life.
Dr. Stefan Shuaib is one of the top nose surgeons in the state of Texas and provides on-site diagnosis and treatment in the Rio Grande Valley. If you are concerned about any changes or symptoms you have been experiencing, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shuaib by calling (956) 362-8125..