Triggers of Non-Allergic Rhinitis

Most rhinitis allergies are triggered by plants, animals, or spores. Generally, allergy sufferers can steer clear of these triggers, at least during certain seasons.

People with fibromyalgia though tend to have numerous triggers that are not only limited to plants or animals.

In fact, almost anything can trigger symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis in fibromyalgia sufferers, including:

  • plants and grass
  • animal/pet dander
  • tobacco
  • smoke
  • air pollution
  • chemicals (such as cleaning solvents and paints)
  • strong odors including perfume and soap
  • spicy foods
  • weather changes
  • extreme temperatures (both hot and cold)


Symptoms of Non-Allergic Rhinitis

Non-allergic rhinitis symptoms are actually very similar to allergic rhinitis symptoms. Though the rhinitis symptoms aren’t serious, they can be very annoying and would try anyone’s patience.

Symptoms include:

  • constant sneezing
  • runny nose
  • dry nose or nasal congestion
  • post nasal drip
  • chronic cough
  • itchy, watery, and red eyes
  • headache
  • sinus congestion

Causes of Non-Allergic Rhinitis in Fibromyalgia

The causes of non-allergic rhinitis have long eluded scientists, doctors, and researchers. However there now seems to be some consensus on the issue. One factor that contributes to non-allergic rhinitis is nerve sensitivity.

Fibromyalgia causes the brain to magnify pain signals – this is what causes the intense muscle pain of the disorder. The brain also magnifies pain signals given off by the nose, causing extreme nerve sensitivity in the area. This causes the vessels and mucous lining in the nose to swell, resulting in a dripping nose, nasal blockage, and all those other uncomfortable symptoms of nasal allergies.

Pressure exuded by the muscles in the body may also be a factor that contributes to non-allergic rhinitis. People with fibromyalgia often have very tight muscles. These muscles can put pressure on the nasal fluid passages, causing them to narrow. This causes nasal obstruction - your sinuses can backup causing post-nasal drip and a cough.

Effects of Non-Allergic Rhinitis on Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Nonallergic rhinitis can really take a toll on people with fibromyalgia. With more than 90% of fibromyalgia sufferers reporting chronic congestion and runny noses, it is important to take this type of rhinitis seriously.

Recent studies have found that non-allergic rhinitis has a definite impact on the sleeping patterns of people with fibromyalgia.

Those who suffer from the symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, insomnia, and other sleep disorders. These disorders can disrupt daily routines and cause less productivity at work and at school.

Allergy symptoms can also last for extended periods of time, causing chronic rhinitis. This tends to reduce quality of life for many sufferers.

Table of Contents
1. Cold Symptoms
2. Post-nasal drip?
3. Cold relief
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