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Allergic & Chronic Rhinitis

Rhinitis refers to swelling of the nasal passageways inside your nose, causing a runny nose, sneezing and congestion. Some people only experience rhinitis seasonally due to outdoor allergies to pollen or mold—this is called hay fever. Other people may experience rhinitis year-round due to indoor allergies to dust, pet dander or other causes.

Rhinitis is actually your immune system trying to protect you. While your immune system usually only attacks viruses and bacteria that harm you, in people with allergies, the immune system reacts to things that are not typically harmful (i.e. allergens).

In some instances, rhinitis is not related to allergens, but to other irritants like fumes, odors, smoke or overuse of nasal sprays. However, many of the treatments for allergic and nonallergic rhinitis are the same.

You do not have to experience stuffiness, pressure or other symptoms of rhinitis. Indiana University Health physicians work to identify causes of allergic and chronic rhinitis and using advanced treatments to develop a personalized treatment plan to control your allergies. By providing high-quality, comprehensive care, we give you the tools you need to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

The key to treating rhinitis caused by allergies is to determine what allergen your body is responding to so you can avoid it as best as you can. Not all allergens can be avoided, however, some medicines or immunotherapy may be necessary. At IU Health, we offer a wide range of allergy treatment options that are personalized to fit your needs.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Allergic & Chronic Rhinitis Treatment Information

IU Health physicians help you manage your allergic and chronic rhinitis using the following services:


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Allergic & Chronic Rhinitis Support Services

Rhinitis can make it difficult to go about your daily activities. Learn more about managing your allergies at the websites below.