If you have hayfever (rhinitis), it happens because the lining of your nose is inflamed. This causes your nose to get blocked up, run or itch as well as making you sneeze. In many cases, summer hay fever is caused by an allergy to grass pollen.
But, not all rhinitis is caused by allergies - there are quite a few cases of non-allergic rhinitis, including structural problems in the nose. This can include a deviated nasal septum, perforated septum or adenoidal hypertrophy, or inflammatory problems, such as nasal polyps. Medication taken for other conditions can also cause rhinitis.
Rhinosinusitis is a more complex condition. It involves inflammation of the sinuses as well as to the lining of the nose, and symptoms typically include:
- nasal blockage and congestion
- facial pain and discomfort
- nasal discharge, either from the front of the nose or as a post-nasal drip
Many of the causes are the same as for non-allergic rhinitis.
Allergy team contact information
Fulham wing/South block, Fulham Road
Tel: 020 7351 8892
Fax: 020 7351 8949