If you find yourself developing a killer headache when riding an elevator
with someone who was a bit generous dabbing on the perfume, you have company.
More than 2 million Americans have fragrance allergies or sensitivities -- and
the number is on the rise.
Although that person's perfume may have been all too obvious a culprit,
there are many hidden sources of fragrances, says Clifford W. Bassett, MD,
medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York. Bassett helped
WebMD sniff out...
Foods and beverages may also sometimes be triggers. Examples include:
Hot foods, such as soup
Alcoholic beverages, especially beer and wine
Other triggers include:
Illegal drugs. Cocaine and other snorted street drugs often cause chronic nonallergic rhinitis.
Weather changes. Sudden changes in weather or temperature can trigger nonallergic rhinitis. Skiers, for instance, often develop a runny nose. And some people are affected by any cold exposure. In some cases, people even start sneezing after leaving a cold, air-conditioned room.
Hormone changes. Nonallergic rhinitis often occurs during periods of hormonal imbalance. For instance, it may occur during puberty, menstruation, or pregnancy. It usually starts during the second month of pregnancy and lasts until childbirth. Hormonal conditions such as hypothyroidism can also trigger symptoms.
Treatment of Nonallergic Rhinitis
Nonallergic rhinitis can't be cured. But it can be controlled by:
Avoiding rhinitis triggers.
Using home remedies such as nasal irrigation.
Taking over-the-counter and prescription medications.