Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis describes a group of symptoms, including runny nose, itching, and sneezing, that are caused by irritation and congestion in the nose. Changes in the nasal passages caused by excessive exposure to environmental irritants, such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, changes in temperature, stress, exercise, or other factors may provoke symptoms of rhinitis in people who are susceptible, such as those who have allergies or structural abnormalities in the nose or face.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, allergies are caused by an invasion of "wind pathogens" transmitted through the air. However, the root of the problem is a combination of spleen qi deficiency with phlegm and damp retention plus kidney deficiency and liver qi stagnation and sometimes depressive heat.

In order to remove the root of the problem, Chinese medicine is mainly directed at supplementing the spleen and tonifying qi, transforming phlegm and resolving dampness, strengthening the kidney, soothing the liver, and smoothing the qi. If depressive heat is present, then it is resolved and cleared.

Ma huang (ephedra) is commonly used in hay fever and allergy remedies and best used for short periods in combination with other herbs. A Chinese herbalist may combine ma huang with licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis). 

one of the classification of the rhinitis is according to the time. If symptoms last less than six weeks, the condition is referred to as acute rhinitis and is usually caused by a cold or other infection or temporary overexposure to environmental chemicals or pollutants. When rhinitis lasts for a longer period, the condition is called chronic

rhinitis, and is usually caused by allergies, structural problems, or chronic infections.


Rhinitis also can be classified for allergic rhinitis and nonallergic rhinitis. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is commonly, although incorrectly, called hay fever or rose fever, depending on whether it occurs in the late summer or spring. No fever accompanies this condition, and the allergic response is not dependent on either hay or roses. Ragweed is the most important cause of allergic rhinitis, affecting about 75% of allergy sufferers. Allergens in the house, such as house dust mites and pet dander, can cause year-long allergic rhinitis, called perennial rhinitis. Molds growing on wallpaper, house plants, carpeting, and upholstery are also perennial allergens.


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