No one likes to catch a cold, and it's even worse when that cold turns out to be something more than just the sniffles. Illness is a sad reality of the human experience, but thankfully we have doctors and others in the medical field constantly working to cure and treat it. One of these illnesses is chronic rhinitis.

You've likely heard of the flu, bronchitis, or strep throat, but the term rhinitis catches many people off guard. Perhaps you've recently heard rhinitis come up in conversation or maybe a friend or family member even suggested that you might have it. If that describes you, then read on; we'll answer all your questions.

Why You Should Learn

Whether you're sick or not, being on the up and up about standard illnesses is definitely a good thing. If you know the symptoms, then you can identify the disease and take some preliminary steps to rid yourself or your loved one before it reaches the stage where you have to see a doctor. If you know the symptoms, you might even be able to recognize it in others and know how to help them get some relief.

What Is Chronic Rhinitis?

Rhinitis is also known by its more common name: hay fever. It's a condition that affects the throat, nose, and ears and is often common during winter or summer. It occurs when your body mistakes certain contaminants in the air (often pollen) for harmful invaders. This spurs your body to activate symptoms as the pollen passes through your nose. However, this is not the only cause for rhinitis, and it does not apply to chronic rhinitis.

Sadly, there is no known cause for chronic rhinitis (rhinitis that lasts several weeks or months). It's well known that those with this disease may exaggerate the condition by taking oral contraceptives or antidepressants. Breathing in car and cigarette fumes can also make it worse, as does coming into contact with pollution or other chemicals that are inhaled nasally.

Allergenic vs Non-Allergenic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is the type of rhinitis that is usually called hay fever. It causes sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. It's the type of rhinitis caused by airborne allergens. The symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis are very similar to those of allergic rhinitis. Those with this disease typically feel that their nose is stuffed up, but no mucus comes out.

6 Signs You Have Chronic Rhinitis

Woman experiencing a chronic rhinitis covering her nose with tissue

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Those with rhinitis will often experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • a runny nose
  • post-nasal drip
  • sneezing
  • nasal congestion
  • irritation of the throat
  • coughing

Of course, none of this is very fun, and you'll want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Antihistamines may be able to help allergic rhinitis, and there are aids for non-allergic and chronic rhinitis that can also help you feel better if you find yourself with this disease.


Rhinitis is one of the many common diseases that affect people during the winter and summer months. It can be the result of airborne allergens, or it may be non allergic. If it persists for a long period of time, then it's known as chronic rhinitis. Thankfully, it is not a serious disease, although it can be quite uncomfortable and leave you itching for relief. So now you know what rhinitis is all about and have a pretty good idea of how to tell if you have it. Still, make sure to see a doctor to help you overcome and plan for how to deal with rhinitis.

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