Rhinitis and Sinusitis
Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose. Symptoms include:
- Itchy nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes and ears
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
Seasonal allergic rhinitis (or hay fever) is caused by allergens like mold and pollen.
Some people have symptoms of rhinitis no matter what the season. This is called perennial allergic rhinitis. It can be caused by allergens such as animal dander, indoor mold, dust mites and cockroaches.
Sinusitis is a painful, long-lasting inflammation of the sinuses. Sinuses are the hollow cavities around the cheek bones found around the eyes and behind the nose.
Symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Green or gray nasal discharge
- Postnasal drip
- Pressure in the face
- A cough that won't go away
Sinusitis is common in the winter. It may last for months or years if it is not properly treated. Colds are the most common cause of acute sinusitis, but people with allergies are much more likely to develop sinusitis than people who do not have allergies.