Have Allergies? It Could Really Be Non-Allergic Rhinitis

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Do you seem to always have a runny or stuffy nose? Maybe you chalk it up to a cold you can’t shake or allergies.

But this goes beyond allergies.

It may actually be a little known condition known as non-allergic rhinitis and it affects millions of people, especially women.

CBS 2’s Dr. Holly Phillips explains, if left untreated, it can have serious side-effects.

Phillips says because the symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis are similar to allergies or the common cold, patients may go undiagnosed for years. As a result, people suffering from the condition turn to over-the-counter allergy medicines for relief.

They don’t work, however, because they’re not having an allergic reaction to anything, Phillips reported.

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  • Bill

    I have the same problem which started when I got acute bronchitis 4 years ago. I have suffered over the years and found that when I am in warm weather it tends to diffuse itself. I started using a neddi pot in January and it helped me 1000 %. Not perfect but almost. I also recently found that anti-acid pills helped and a doctor prescribed prevacid for me which also seems to help. All that combined with 12 hour mucinix has helped greatly and basically allows to me function normally. Not perfect but what a great improvement. Only side effects are a dry mouth and coughing until you get rid of all of the mucus. I questioned the pharmacist about taking this junk long term and he said that there was no problem with it. So far so good., Bill

  • Ballzo

    I’ve had this condition for 10 years now and been to every doctor with any knowledge about sinuses. Mayo clinic, stanford. None of them know what it is and I always get the same diagnosis. “We don’t know what it is”. So I have quit going to doctors for this. It has been a huge waste of my time and money. I too use Atrovent .06% spray everyday to combat the runny nose. Its a drag and has been a huge thorn in my side and it has forever changed my personality for the worst.

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  • Tom

    I can’t believe I’ve been working in a place with mold etc. and now see that perhaps it is allergic rhinitis. BTW- the doctor in this segment is HOT! I would like to have her treat me if possible :-)

  • Kana

    My allergy sysmptoms seem to disappear whenever I leave the Hudson Valley.

  • Sharon L Bennett

    Thank You for airing this. I suffer all the time with runny nose, sinus problems and post nasal drip/ Now I will contact my doctor to see if this may be my problem.
    Any relief would be wonderful. Thank You again.

  • C.

    I have this also. I have also tried everything until my doctor suggested ATROVENT Nasal Spray (Ipratropium Bromide) 0.06%. It worked for me.

  • Carmen Pagani

    I have this condition and so does my husband. We have not neglected this problem and have gone to doctors throughout the years. If you don’t know what causes this what are we supposed to do. Is there no medication that can help this we have used nasonex, rhinocort, the netti pot, nothing helps. Please there has to be something out there.

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