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.READ MORE: FBI Executes Search Warrant At Home Of Gabby Petito's Fiancé Brian Laundrie
It may actually be a little known condition known as non-allergic rhinitis and it affects millions of people, especially women.READ MORE: De Blasio: Isaabdul Karim, Parolee Who Died Sunday At Rikers, Not Among 191 Set For Release
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.MORE NEWS: Sofia LaSpina, 15, Makes History As First Female Varsity High School Football Player To Score A Touchdown On Long Island
They don’t work, however, because they’re not having an allergic reaction to anything, Phillips reported.