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It may be Vasomotor Rhinitis not…



THERE is a common trepidation caused by COVID-19  on almost everyone.

Mama Bomboy had decided not to wait for her spouse any longer. In fact, she had been suppressing  her anger in the face of provocation, and this attitude of “I don’t care” was being exhibited by her husband lately. Even in the face of total lockdown, her husband will never endeavour to stay three hours at home in a stretch without going round the neighborhood in the name of “walking out.”

Yet, even at that, he had refused to see reason to take their only child and son, whose runny and stuffy nose has become recurrent, to see the doctor.

The 29-year- old woman finally decided to seek help from the physician today. Whether the father wants to come with her does not matter. She had already called her elder sister who was on essential duty to drop her on her way to office.

Now, Mama Bomboy is at the doctor’s consulting room.

Mother:  Doctor please my son…I … I can’t explain his incessant stuffy and runny nose. Sir help me, please (she stammered).

Doctor: How old is he?

Mother: Eight-year-old, Doctor.

This is one of the many distraught playing out when Vasomotor Rhinitis strikes in a home.

The mucus membranes that line the patient’s nose can be extra sensitive in some people. This can cause reactions to change in the air temperature

For these people, walking out of hot summer air and into an air-conditioned room, eating cold or hot food, drinking alcohol may stir their situation.

Many people who experience it have conditions, such as allergies, that make their nasal mucous membranes more sensitive to changes.

Vasomotor Rhinitis occurs when the blood vessels inside the nose dilate or expand. Dilation of the vessels in the nose produces swelling and can cause congestion; mucus may also drain from the blood vessels. It is not known what causes the blood vessels in the nose to dilate.

There is a genetic component to allergies, so if someone in your family has allergies you may be at increased risk.


Some carriers that may produce the reaction are

(1) Irritants in the environment, such as perfumes, odours, smog

(2) Change in the weather, particularly dry weather

(3) Viral infections such as those associated with cold or flu

(4) Hot or spice foods or drinks

(5) Medication such as aspirin, Ibuprofen or beta-blocker

(6) Over use of nasal decongestant spray

(7) Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy or menstruation 

(8) Hypothyroidism and

(9) Stress.


Patients of Vasomotor rhinitis show the following symptoms namely:  stuffy nose, runny nose, mucus in the throat or postnasal drip.


Prevention of Vasomotor rhinitis may be difficult if you do not know what causes your symptoms. But if you are able to identify the causes, it may be possible to avoid them.


It is always better to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis of Vasomotor Rhinitis after ruling out other causes.


There are remedies that you can use to treat the condition at home. Some also seek treatment though over-the-counter decongestants. But care should be taken when patronizing this type of medication. Finally, in rare cases, your doctor may recommend surgery for your treatment.

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