What is vasomotor rhinitis?

Sleepy man with insomniaPatients who deal with swelling of the blood vessels in the nose may find themselves dealing with issues such as nasal congestion and mucus drainage. This, in turn, can be problematic and impact one’s quality of life. Dr. Payam Daneshrad and his team at Daneshrad Clinic of Torrance and Santa Monica, California is a provider who can not only offer patients a proper diagnosis of their condition but can also serve patients with effective treatments. Swelling blood vessels in the nose may lead to a diagnosis of a condition known as vasomotor rhinitis.

What is vasomotor rhinitis?

Vasomotor rhinitis is a condition that is not life-threating, but rather bothersome to those who deal with it on a daily basis. The swelling and inflammation of the blood vessels in the nose can result in a variety of problems, including increased drowsiness, nasal dryness, increased nosebleeds, and even decreased production at work due to repeated doctor visits or extensive time off work due to congestion.

What causes vasomotor rhinitis?

Sometimes the cause of inflammation and swelling is unknown, while other times, Dr. Payam Daneshrad may find a link between this and certain lifestyle factors. It can occur in patients of any age and gender, though it is most common in women over the age of 20. It is determined that approximately 19 million American suffer from vasomotor rhinitis. It can be triggered by:

  • Eating hot or spicy foods or beverages
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Viral respiratory infections
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Environmental irritants
  • Significant weather changes

What are the symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis?

The most common symptoms include:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Excessive mucus production
  • Increased risks of ear infections
  • Decreased sense of smell and taste
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinusitis

How do I get a definitive diagnosis of vasomotor rhinitis?

Dr. Payam Daneshrad is a board-certified orolaryngologist in the Santa Monica and Torrance, CA communities who provides a wide range of services for patients seeking care from an ENT professional. Contact the office today by calling (310) 453-6500 and scheduling an evaluation and initial consultation visit.

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