Chronic Rhinitis What You Need to Know Nationally recognized otolaryngologist Lee Mandel, MD, FACC, FARS provides the answers

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL/ACCESSWIRE/March 15, 2022/ According to the World Allergy Organization, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the science, education, and clinical practice of allergy treatment, more than 400 million people worldwide suffer from rhinitis.

A large percentage of those who suffer remain underdiagnosed or undertreated. With between 10 and 30 percent of the adult population in the United States affected and up to 40 percent of children, rhinitis ranks fifth among the most common chronic diseases.

This season marks a time when outbreaks of rhinitis are becoming more common, largely due to the increase in spring and summer allergies.

Centralized in Fort Lauderdale and Plantation Florida, South Florida Sinus & Allergy takes the time to educate the public about this ever-prevalent disease, the signs and symptoms associated with it, and the treatment options available.

Understanding chronic rhinitis

As defined by the Mayo Clinic, rhinitis is a medical term used to describe inflammation that occurs in the inner lining of the nose. Rhinitis can be called “chronic” when it lasts more than four consecutive weeks, according to Dr. Lee M. Mandel, MD, FACS, FARS, director of the South Allergy Sinus and Allergy Center.

Allergic vs non-allergic rhinitis

Most often the culprit of chronic rhinitis is allergies. However, other underlying pathologies may be involved according to the healthcare professionals at the allergy clinic.

Allergic rhinitis: Commonly known as “hay fever”, it is usually caused by a reaction to the presence of allergens, including but not limited to dander, dust, mold spores, dust mites, spores of ragweed and pollen. In the presence of these allergens, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, causing inflammation.

Non-allergic rhinitis: This type of rhinitis is usually the result of environmental conditions. Triggers can include irritants such as chemicals, pollution, tobacco smoke, and strong odors such as perfumes and detergents. Nonallergic rhinitis can also be triggered by rapid weather changes, upper respiratory infections, spicy foods, hormonal changes, certain medications, excessive stress, and overuse of nasal decongestant sprays.

Identify the signs and symptoms of rhinitis

According to Dr. Lee M. Mandel, the primary symptom associated with chronic rhinitis is nasal congestion. This is often manifested by the patient feeling the urge to blow their nose frequently, but to no avail, with little mucus expelled. Dr. Mandel explains that “this phenomenon is due to the narrowing of the nasal passages by inflammation and swelling, not to the accumulation of mucus”.

Common symptoms associated with rhinitis can include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Feeling the need to clear the nose but no mucus comes out
  • To sneeze
  • Cough
  • Post-nasal secretions
  • Headache
  • Bluish discoloration under the eyelids (with allergic rhinitis)

Potential complications that can arise from rhinitis

If left untreated, the South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center wants people to know that the condition can lead to mild to moderate complications.

Complications that may arise include:

  • The development of nasal polyps which can make it difficult to breathe
  • sinusitis, inflammation of the sinuses
  • More common middle ear infections
  • Reduced quality of life due to symptoms that can make daily activities less enjoyable

Treatment options for rhinitis

Diagnostic tests

South Florida Sinus and Allergy understands the importance of understanding the underlying cause of a patient’s rhinitis flare-up. Diagnosis may involve the use of nasal endoscopy, CT scan, and/or sinus culture.

If allergies are suspected, an allergy test is a simple diagnostic procedure to identify potential culprits. The South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center uses a proprietary technique that requires fewer bites and tests to identify more allergens.


Using the body’s immune system, immunotherapy works to “train” the patient’s body not to react to certain allergens. Over time, the goal is to gradually acclimate the immune system to the target allergens, building a type of tolerance.

ClairiFix Cooling

A feat of modern medicine, ClariFix is ​​currently the only FDA-approved medical device capable of safely and effectively treating chronic allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. Using a form of cryotherapy, the procedure takes just five minutes and delivers results capable of providing relief for years.

Oral mucosal immunotherapy (OMIT)

A type of immunotherapy, this treatment involves the use of a custom-made toothpaste that helps patients build immunity against certain allergens.

Minimally invasive nasal procedures

When it comes to rhinitis, the South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center offers several minimally invasive nasal procedures suitable for treating cases of rhinitis.

Options include:

  • Balloon sinuplasty
  • Reduction of turbinates
  • Septoplasty
  • And more

About Dr. Mandel

Dr. Mandel is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is a co-founder and executive board member of the Society for Innovation and Technology in Otolaryngology (SITO). He is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

About South Florida Sinus and Allergies

South Florida Sinus & Allergy ranks among the most respected and sought after treatment centers for sinus, nasal, sleep, snoring, and allergy-related conditions. Having pioneered state-of-the-art techniques and specialized in personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs, the center has set the standard for care in South Florida and the United States. Those wishing to learn more about the center and its cutting-edge treatment options, Dr. Mandel, or to schedule an appointment are encouraged to contact through his official website or by calling 954-951-4773.


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Phone number: 954-983-1211

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