Even though chronic rhinitis is experienced more often after the age of 20, it is a non-discriminatory disorder that can affect anyone regardless of age. In fact, about 58 million individuals in the United States suffer from the condition with about 14 percent of them claiming they get zero relief from any sort of treatment. To make matters more complicated, most treatments are short-lived and have to be administered daily while harsher solutions include surgeries that many cannot, or do not want to undergo.
What Exactly IS Chronic Rhinitis?
Chronic rhinitis typically presents as a persistently congested nose. Though you may feel the need to blow your nose constantly, the congestion is actually caused by the inflammation of your nasal lining and not actual mucus buildup.
The inflammation is caused by your body’s response to certain triggers. In an allergic response to one of these triggers, your body enacts a protective response by releasing histamines to help block out the offending intruder. In non-allergic cases, a similar reaction will cause the blood vessels within your nose to swell with fluid blocking your passages and ultimately causing your congestion issues. Since it is inflammation causing the blockage, you will get little to no relief by blowing your nose.
Though nasal congestion is likely the main symptom you will encounter, chronic rhinitis can be accompanied by many other symptoms. These symptoms can vary in combination and severity from person to person depending on the cause and the type of chronic rhinitis you are experiencing. Some of these include:
- A runny nose
- An itchy nose, throat, and/or eyes
- Sinus pressure
- Swollen or watery eyes
- Trouble sleeping due to symptoms
- Postnasal drip
Rhinitis is considered “chronic” if the issue persists for more than 4 weeks at a time. Though about 75% of chronic rhinitis cases can be traced back to allergens, the condition can also be a reaction to non-allergen triggers.
Individuals suffering from an allergic-type of rhinitis can often trace it back to seasonal causes, often referred to as “hay fever.” This is the most common cause and can be triggered by environmental factors in the form of wind-borne pollen that is released by trees, grasses, and weeds during certain times of the year.
Another form of allergic rhinitis is experienced year-round and is caused by other triggers such as indoor allergens, dust, animal dander, molds, pollutants at home or work, hormonal changes (especially during pregnancy or menopause), indoor pests, existing health conditions, medications, and perfumes, chemical cleaners, or detergents. While some will be able to find what the cause of their rhinitis is, most will find it difficult to pinpoint any single cause.
ClariFix: Another Option
Regardless of your type or trigger, many individuals who suffer from chronic rhinitis can become desperate to find some relief that lasts. Many treatments require daily management or even invasive surgery to rectify issues. Neither of which seem like attractive options. Luckily, ClariFix gives you another alternative to explore.
This clinically-proven treatment goes right to the root cause by taking care of the overactive nerves directly. The procedure is minimally invasive and uses a safe therapy called cryotherapy that can be done in-office using local anesthesia for even more comfort.
What is Cryotherapy and How Does it Work?
Cryotherapy is a medical treatment method that utilizes freezing temperatures to treat affected areas. It is used to treat a variety of tissue conditions. Dermatologists have used cryotherapy to remove abnormal skin cells and remove things like moles or skin tags.
Treatment can also help doctors treat certain cancers by getting rid of clusters of diseased cells. Using low temperatures have also become popular in aiding in muscle recovery and to slow the aging process in cells. In the case of rhinitis, by freezing localized areas, inflamed tissues and irritated nerves can be relieved and reduced.
How Does ClariFix Work
Since ClariFix is minimally invasive, practitioners can administer the treatments right from their office. Local anesthesia can be administered for added comfort during the procedure if necessary.
Using cryotherapy, ClariFix uses a very small hand-held endoscope that is inserted into the nasal cavity. Once in place, a tiny balloon will be inflated so that it will contact the problem tissue. The balloon is inflated with nitrous oxide for up to 60 seconds providing the freezing temperature needed for the treatment. Your physician will determine the appropriate amount of time needed to successfully treat your particular case. The procedure itself only lasts about 3 minutes and is not painful but you may feel some slight pressure and a cooling sensation.
The entire therapy session from start to finish can typically be done within a 30-minute office visit with little-to-no downtime for recovery afterward. Any discomfort afterward is minimal and brief and will usually resolve on its own that same day.
In studies, ClariFix has shown to give patients who suffer from both allergic and non-allergic chronic rhinitis significant relief from symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, and congestion. It gives people a way to find lasting relief without the need for surgery or the constant use of nasal sprays and other medications.
In most cases, patients saw incredible improvements within the first four weeks post-treatment. In follow-up surveys, the patients who underwent a ClariFix treatment, 4 out of 5 cited long-lasting symptom improvement without a need for additional treatments.
If you are one of the millions of Americans plagued by chronic rhinitis, ClariFix may be the answer you have been looking for. At the Hudson Valley Sinus Center, Ran Y. Rubinstein has successfully treated many patients with ClariFix in Hudson Valley, and those interested can get their questions answered today. Our staff can get your case evaluated to see if this treatment is right for you. Say goodbye to the overabundant supply of tissues you have accumulated and join the thousands of others who have found their way back to an improved quality of life using ClariFix.
This content was sponsored by ClariFix in Hudson Valley.