Allergic or vasomotor rhinitis:

What Is Vasomotor Rhinitis?

Aggravations or allergens can cause vasomotor rhinitis inflammation. There are additionally times when there's no particular reason for the inflammation. Different names for this condition are nonallergic rhinitis and idiopathic rhinitis.

Vasomotor rhinitis isn't dangerous. For those influenced with the condition, the side effects can be awkward, however they aren't not kidding.

What Causes It?

Vasomotor rhinitis happens when the blood vessels inside your nose dilate or extend. Expansion of the vessels in the nose produces expanding and can cause clog. Bodily fluid may likewise deplete from the nose. It's not understood what causes the blood vessels in the nose to dilate. Some regular triggers that may deliver this response include:

  • aggravations in the climate, for example, aromas, scents, or infectious smoke
  • changes in the climate, especially dry climate
  • viral diseases, for example, those related with a cold or influenza
  • hot or fiery nourishments or beverages
  • hormonal changes related with pregnancy or period
  • hypothyroidism

What Are The Indications Of Vasomotor Rhinitis?

The manifestations of vasomotor rhinitis may go back and forth consistently. They might be steady or most recent a little while. Regular indications of the condition include:

  • stodgy nose
  • runny nose
  • bodily fluid in the throat, or postnasal trickle

On the off chance that you create vasomotor rhinitis you regularly won't have the accompanying side effects:

  • irritated nose
  • irritated or watery eyes
  • scratchy throat

These manifestations are regular with unfavorably susceptible rhinitis, which is brought about by an allergy.

How Is Vasomotor Rhinitis Diagnosed?

The primary care physician may likewise arrange tests to check whether a have any sinus issues that might be causing rhinitis. Tests may incorporate a nasal endoscope to glimpse inside the patient’s nose or a CT sweep of your sinuses.


On the off chance that your physician can't locate any fundamental reason for rhinitis, they'll make an analysis of vasomotor rhinitis.

Allergic or vasomotor rhinitis 

Vasomotor rhinitis happens when the tissues inside of your nose become inflamed (swollen). The inflammation causes unpleasant symptoms most people associate with allergies, like a stuffy or runny nose.

However, unlike allergies (allergic rhinitis), vasomotor rhinitis doesn’t result from exposure to allergens, like pollen, mold, pet dander, etc. It’s not caused by viruses or bacteria either. Instead, you may experience symptoms because of weather changes, certain smells, eating, exercise, medications or other triggers that irritate your nose. Vasomotor is also called idiopathic rhinitis. It’s a type of nonallergic rhinitis.


The exact cause of nonallergic rhinitis is unknown. The condition occurs when blood vessels in the nose expand and fill the nasal lining with blood and fluid. 

There are several possible causes for vasomotor rhinitis. These include hyperresponsive nerve endings in the nose, not unlike the way the lungs react when a person has asthma. Despite having lots of different triggers, vasomotor rhinitis always exhibits the same symptoms of swollen nasal membranes, congestion, or excessive mucus. 

Research has linked idiopathic rhinitis to many different triggers:

  • Irritants in the environment such as perfumes, odors, smog, or secondhand smoke
  • Changes in the weather, particularly dry weather
  • Viral infections such as those associated with a cold or flu
  • Hot or spicy foods or drinks
  • Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, beta-blockers, certain sedatives, antidepressants, oral contraceptives, or drugs to treat erectile dysfunction
  • Overuse of nasal decongestant sprays
  • Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy or menstruation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Stress 


The symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis may come and go throughout the year. They may be constant or last several weeks. Common symptoms of the condition include:

  • stuffy nose
  • runny nose
  • mucus in the throat, or postnasal drip

If you develop vasomotor rhinitis you typically will not have the following symptoms:

  • itchy nose
  • itchy or watery eyes
  • scratchy throat

These symptoms are common with allergic rhinitis, which is caused by an allergy.


VMR is usually diagnosed by taking a careful history and performing a thorough exam of the nose and throat. In addition, allergy testing (skin prick test) should be performed to make sure there is no allergic basis for some of the symptoms, since this would affect our treatment approach.

In some cases a CT scan of the sinuses may be required to exclude chronic sinusitis or polyposis. Occasionally, (few usually mild) positive skin prick test reactions are found in patients with VMR, but it does not fit the history and is therefore not relevant to the cause of the rhinitis.

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