Having a constantly running nose, despite not having a cold, could not only be annoying but it could also hinder your daily activities. This condition is known as Perennial Allergic Rhinitis. People with this condition experience symptoms year-round—unrelated to the season.
While a common cold is a very common illness, it usually clears up on its own within a week or two. Perennial allergic rhinitis, on the other hand, continues long-term and is experienced for periods longer than 4 days/week and for more than 4 consecutive weeks.
Common cold is caused by a viral infection in the nasal passage. Its symptoms are caused mainly due to the body’s response to the infection. When a nasal cell is infected by a cold virus, the body responds by activating parts of the immune system and some nervous system reflexes.Symptoms of a cold include sneezing, runny nose, nasal obstruction, sore or scratchy throat, cough, hoarseness, and mild general symptoms like headache, feverishness, chilliness, and not feeling well in general.
The most common cause of Perennial allergic rhinitis, however, is an allergic reaction to airborne substances such as pollen that get into the upper respiratory passages – the nose, sinus, throat and also the eyes. It is caused by dust mites, pet hair or dander, cockroaches or mold, smoke, and smog. This condition may also be caused due to food sensitivities, structural abnormalities, metabolic conditions, or synthetic drugs.
Before reaching for medications it would be wise to try some natural herbal remedies that can be effective in not just relieving symptoms but also healing the root cause of the infection.While there is no known botanical substance whose mechanism is inherently the same as that of antihistamines for treating allergic rhinitis, the recent development of biomechanical preservation by freeze-drying, allows Urtica dioica to work in similar ways to its allopathic antihistamine counterparts.
|Dr. Sagar Gaurkar |