A runny nose can easily ruin your day. While the constant sniffling and sneezing is disruptive, those dealing with chronic rhinitis have symptoms that never cease. Dr. Russell, an ENT at National Allergy & ENT, offers multiple treatments for those with chronic rhinitis. Dr. Russell works with each patient to find the treatment plan that works best for them. These treatments range anywhere from nasal sprays to Balloon Sinuplasty to the Clarifix procedure.

 

What Is Rhinitis

Rhinitis is a condition that causes constant sneezing, congestion, and/or itchy and runny nose. There are two different forms or rhinitis: allergic and non-allergic. Allergic rhinitis occurs when the immune system mistakenly treating a substance as a threat to the body. This substance is an allergen. The immune system responds to the allergen by releasing histamine and this causes symptoms in the nose, throat, eyes, ears, skin, and roof of the mouth. Non-allergic rhinitis does not involve the immune system, but the symptoms are the same. These symptoms can usually linger year-round. Rhinitis is chronic when symptoms last for 6 weeks or longer.

 

Clarifix

Clarifix is a minimally invasive treatment that uses cooling technology to treat chronic rhinitis. The doctor places a small handheld device endoscopically in the nose.  After, a cryotherapy balloon is used to freeze the inflamed area caused by improperly functioning nerves. This procedure is completely safe and can be performed in the office. This procedure includes minimal discomfort involved as topical or local anesthesia is provided.

It is important to discuss the many treatment options with an ENT before deciding how you wish to treat your rhinitis. Each person is different and the treatment plan you create depends on what works best for you. If you wish to learn more about the Clarifix procedure or schedule an appointment with Dr. Russell, please call (843) 576-3302 or schedule an appointment here.