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RHINITIS - NONALLERGIC
Nonallergic rhinitis is the inflammation of the nasal lining membranes without any immunoglobulin E mediation, as documented by allergen skin testing.
Major signs and symptoms include nasal itching, watery rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction/congestion, sneezing and postnasal drainage.
Symptoms can reverse spontaneously with or without treatment.

Rhinitis%20-%20nonallergic Patient Education

Patient Education

  • Provide general information about the disease & available treatments
    • Manage patient’s expectations from therapy & explain that a complete cure may not be possible
  • Provide educational materials as necessary
  • Educate patient about the proper use of medications & possible side effects
    • Concomitant medications should also be reviewed to determine if the patient is taking drugs that may cause oral or nasal dryness
  • Lifestyle modifications such as proper hygiene & regular nasal rinsing
    • Good personal hygiene may minimize the risk of exposure to triggers (eg viruses, environmental irritants)
    • Nasal rinsing when done properly may assist in the absorption of nasal medications; See Nasal Saline Irrigation in the Pharmacotherapy section
  • Educate patient about the complications of rhinitis (eg otitis media & chronic sinusitis)
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