Vasomotor Rhinitis

Vasomotor Rhinitis

The secretion of nasal mucus from the lining of the nasal cavity and sinuses is regulated by the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system. When these nerves are hyperactive, patients may suffer from excessive thin, clear nasal drainage and nasal obstruction. Patients with vasomotor rhinitis may be tested for allergies, but the results come back negative. This condition is more common in the elderly but can occur in all ages. Nasal drainage may increase with meals, changes in temperature, or with certain odors (like perfumes or detergents). Treatment begins with topical nasal sprays such as ipratropium bromide. Patients who fail medical therapy may require nasal turbinate surgery, or if that fails, endoscopic vidian neurectomy.

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