Stress and anxiety can also cause rhinitis


In many occasions stress can cause allergies, one of the most common is dermatitis; but also rhinitis could be related to psychological factors such as stress and anxiety.

Rhinitis is the inflammatory alteration of the mucous membrane of the nasal cavity, it can often present with nasal discharge, tingling and stinging -which can sometimes extend to the entire head-, sneezing and sometimes even conjunctivitis.

Although the origin of rhinitis can be diverse, such as an infection, allergy or sudden changes in temperature, in other cases it could be related to anxiety and emotional agents that lead to a triggering stimulus.

Unal, Berksun, Kinikli and Kaya carried out in 1991 a sample of 23 allergic patients and 25 healthy subjects, in which a majority of allergy sufferers had symptoms of anxiety.

In a later study (1995) that analyzed 177 outpatients from a hospital, and it was concluded that allergic rhinitis is related to anxiety, in addition to emotions were enhanced in those who have presented the condition for longer.

On the other hand, allergic rhinitis manifests itself through sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing, itching of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, often due to the pollen existing during the seasons, especially in the spring. To relieve symptoms in this case, nasal sprays are recommended, as well as specific injections so that the organism loses sensitivity to pollen.

This condition can also appear due to environmental issues such as dust, smog, passive smoking and even strong smells like the case of perfumes.

Climatic changes can also cause rhinitis, moisture causes the membranes inside the nose to become inflamed. While other factors, such as spicy consumption, hot food and alcoholic beverages, can cause the nose to swell and there is nasal congestion.

Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen and others indicated for high blood pressure are common factors of non-allergic rhinitis, as well as physiological conditions such as pregnancy, menstruation, oral contraceptive use, hypothyroidism, and even sleep on your back.

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