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What causes allergic and viral rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages as a result of a reaction to pollen and mold spores. Viral rhinitis is also an inflammation of the nasal passages except the cause is due to a virus such as the common cold.

What are the symptoms of rhinitis?

As with any cold, your symptoms will likely include watery nasal discharge, sneezing, stuffiness, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, and occasionally a low grade fever. When the rhinitis is caused by allergies, the symptoms might include sneezing; itchy and runny nose; stuffy nose; red and watery eyes; and an itchy throat.

How is rhinitis treated?

An over the counter antihistamine can be taken to reduce inflammation. Additionally, a nasal spray containing cromolyn sodium can be also be used to treat nasal inflammation caused by seasonal allergies.There is no treatment for viral rhinitis. An over the counter decongestant can be taken to alleviate the symptoms of the cold and rhinitis.

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