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What Is Rhinitis?

What Is Rhinitis?

Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.
Written by:
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson is a freelance writer, Certified Medical Assistant, and Nationally Registered EMT with 8+ years of clinical experience across multiple specialties. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Katelyn is an advocate for providing patient education in an approachable way through online resources.

What is rhinitis?

Rhinitis, also known as hay fever or nasal allergies, occurs when your immune system reacts to things in your environment, called allergens. Common symptoms include:

  • runny & stuffy nose
  • itchy & watery eyes
  • sneezing

This can lead to feeling tired, headaches, facial pressure and pain, as well mouth-breathing and problems sleeping. The most common triggers are pollen from trees/grasses/weeds, dust mites, and pet dander.

Treatments: While allergy medications by mouth help relieve itchiness, they are often not very effective and do not make the inflammation better. We believe that the most effective treatment is a prescription nasal spray that combines two to three powerful ingredients to target congestion and inflammation, followed by a hydrating nasal mist to target dryness and irritation. 

The nasal sprays are not only thought to be more effective, they are mainly absorbed by the nose and not by the whole body, so you need to take less medication (compared to a  swallowed pill or liquid).