chronic rhinitis

What is Rhinitis?

Chronic rhinitis is inflammation of the nose lining that results in excessive mucous production causing a runny nose (rhinorrhea).  Other symptoms include nasal congestion and post nasal drip.  In addition, post nasal drip can cause a cough, clearing of the throat, and a sore throat.Diagram showing healthy sinus and one showing chronic rhinitis

Rhinitis can be caused by allergens, exposure to cigarette smoke,  environmental factors such as smog, or cold weather.  Other sinus problems like a deviated nasal septum or enlarged nasal turbinates can play a part.

Medical treatment for rhinitis include oral medications such as nasal decongestants and antihistamines.  Nasal steroid  or antihistamine nasal sprays may also be prescribed.

What if medications don’t work for me?

If you suffer from allergies or other types of chronic rhinitis and do not have a good response with medications, you may be a candidate for an in-office procedure.  A new FDA approved technology called the Clarifix device aims to help reduce rhinorrhea.

This special cryoprobe basically freezes small areas of tissue inside the nose with nerves causing mucous production. Preliminary studies indicate an improvement in about 80% of patients.  Improvement is usually noticed between 2-6 weeks after the procedure.

Nevada Sinus Relief is one of the few sites in the country selected to perform this procedure.  Dr. Sikand performs this minimally invasive procedure in the office under local anesthesia.  The entire procedure takes 45 minutes and there is minimal downtime.