Non-Allergic (Vasomotor) Rhinitis

Vasomotor Rhinitis, which is not an allergic condition, induces symptoms reminiscent of hay fever but is instead a result of chronic inflammation of the blood vessels in the nose.

The presence of symptoms like sneezing, nasal discharge, and nasal obstruction can significantly disrupt a person’s quality of life.

Symptoms of Non-Allergic Rhinitis

Symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis, which come and go year-round independent of seasonality or pollen count, characterize non-allergic rhinitis. These symptoms include:

Runny Nose: Vasomotor rhinitis commonly causes a persistent, watery discharge from the nose.

Congestion: Nasal congestion, which makes it difficult to breathe through the nose, can be caused by swelling of the blood vessels in the nose.

Sneezing: The nasal passages become irritated, causing sneezing, a common symptom of vasomotor rhinitis.

Post Nasal Drip: Coughing and a sore throat can cause a feeling of mucus draining down the back of the throat.

Itching: Vasomotor rhinitis commonly causes itching in the nose, eyes, and throat.

Facial Pressure: Pressure in the face, leading to headaches and pain, can be caused by swelling of the blood vessels in the nose.

Causes of Non-Allergic Rhinitis

Vasomotor rhinitis, in contrast to hay fever, which is an allergic response, has a wide range of potential causes, including but not limited to the following:


Strong odors, smoke, and other irritants can trigger symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis

Hormonal changes:

Hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy or menopause, can trigger symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis.

Weather changes:

Temperature fluctuations occurring at a rapid pace, such as transitioning from a balmy atmosphere to a chillier one, can provoke symptoms

Certain medications:

Certain medications, those used to treat hypertension, may lead to the development of vasomotor rhinitis symptoms.

Emotional stress:

Stress and anxiety can be the trigger for the emergence of symptoms associated with vasomotor rhinitis.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Allergic Rhinitis

Doctors typically establish the diagnosis of Non-allergic rhinitis by analyzing reported symptoms and excluding other potential conditions.

At Juniper Allergy, your physician will review your medical history and conduct a comprehensive physical examination to determine the most appropriate plan. Depending on the situation, recommended may order tests to identify whether your rhinitis is an allergic reaction.

Doctors can perform blood or skin tests to rule out environmental allergies, which can help them diagnose nonallergic rhinitis and rule out other possible underlying causes.

Suppose your general practitioner has diagnosed you with non-allergic rhinitis. In that case, they will collaborate with you to formulate an individualized care plan that can help minimize the signs of your non-allergic rhinitis. It may contain over-the-counter and prescription nasal sprays.

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Author: Dr. Amanda Trott, MD
NPI number: 1568653756
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