"Rhin-" refers to your nose, and "itis" means inflammation. So rhinitis is inflammation and swelling inside your nose.
Rhinitis is usually caused by a cold Common Cold The common cold is a viral infection. It's one of the most common illnesses people get. Colds spread easily from person to person, especially within the first 2 days of symptoms Symptoms include... read more or seasonal allergies Seasonal Allergy An allergy is when your body's immune system reacts to something harmless, such as food, plants, or medicine. Seasonal allergies are allergies that happen only during the time of year when a... read more
You'll have a runny nose, sneezing, and stuffiness
Rhinitis usually goes away on its own, but doctors may have you take antihistamines
If allergies cause you to get rhinitis often, you may need allergy shots
Rhinitis can be caused by:
Older people sometimes have thinning and hardening of the lining of their nose tissue, which causes rhinitis.
Treatment depends on what's causing your rhinitis.
If an allergy is causing your rhinitis, doctors will have you avoid what you're allergic to. They'll treat you with:
Doctors may treat other types of rhinitis with: