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Old 03-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Do I have allergic or vasomotor rhinitis??

Hi everyone!

I am currently on a mission to work out whether I have allergic or vasomotor rhinitis or a bit of both after my symptoms exacerbated during my holiday visit in Srilanka.

I have pretty much been the kid with the constant cold as nobody's ever tried to work out what problem I have and just provided symptomatic relief like antihistamines and steam bath etc. While oral antihistamines do help, they do not solve the problem fully.

My symptoms are runny nose and sneezing on contact with cold water and spicy foods which makes me think its the non allergic one. But I am also allergic to dust and get itchy in hay fever season. Fexofenadine resolves this problem but obviously not the first two!

Can anyone tell me what combination of drugs I should be taking?? My symptoms are a LOT more persistent and severe in Srilanka as I think its constant hayfever season here. :P And also the lack of hot water taps means that I am very often forced to use cold water in the bathroom etc.

Please help as I may have to stay in Srilanka for a year or two and need proper management! Also is it OK to be drugged for such long periods of time?

Thanks so much in advance.

 
Old 03-11-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
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Re: Do I have allergic or vasomotor rhinitis??

I have both vasomotor and allergic rhinitis and my allergist told me that it is not rare to see then walk hand and hand. Vasomotor rhinitis is different than allergic rhinitis, though. Vasomotor is when one is very sensitive to chemicals like perfume, the dye on new fabric, sometimes magazine covers and the likes. The allergic rhinitis is a sensitivity to pollen, grass, trees, etc. I cannot tell you about that drug, but can tell you I am on a nasal spray, eye drop and one allergy pill-all prescribed by my allergist. My suggestion, if you can do it, is to go see a good allergist. Good luck.

 
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Re: Do I have allergic or vasomotor rhinitis??

Yes, you can take that drug as long as you want. It's allegra. No problem taking any antihistamine for years at a time. Many people do.

 
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Re: Do I have allergic or vasomotor rhinitis??

Thanks so much both of you. That helped heaps.

 
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