Contact your healthcare provider or local health department if you are at risk for coronavirus (COVID-19). To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, please avoid the emergency department except in the event of an emergency. | Learn More
View All Services
Find a New Primary Care Provider
Search by Specialty
View All Locations
Discover classes, events, tours, and groups that fit your interests.
Home > Be Healthy > Health Library > Nonallergic Rhinitis
Rhinitis is inflammation and swelling in the nose. It is often triggered by an allergy.
Nonallergic rhinitis is the term used for rhinitis that has no known cause. It may also be called vasomotor rhinitis.
Triggers that can cause inflammation and swelling in the nose include:
Rhinitis symptoms can be long-lasting. Or they can come and go. They can include:
Nonallergic rhinitis symptoms do not include allergic rhinitis symptoms. Allergy can cause watery, itchy eyes or itchy ears, nose, roof of the mouth, or throat.
Your doctor will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Your doctor will want to know how and when your symptoms started and what has made them worse or better.
Your doctor may want to do allergy testing.
You can take simple measures to help relieve your nonallergic rhinitis symptoms.
If your doctor recommends medicine to relieve symptoms, make sure to take it exactly as prescribed. For example, take a decongestant spray for no more than 3 or 4 days. Longer use can make symptoms worse. Call your doctor if you think you are having a problem with your medicine.
Current as of:
July 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineDonald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
Current as of: July 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2020 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.