Perennial (allergic) Rhinitis
Can be caused by dust mites, food intolerance or even chemical sensitivity.
Perennial Rhinitis and Allergy to Dust Mites
Many people with rhinitis have a simple allergy to house dust mites. The mites thrive in a warm, humid environment such as insulated, centrally heated homes; their habitat is in bed mattresses and soft furnishings. They cannot survive in low or very high temperatures and low humidity.
Some of our clients notice that their rhinitis, previously thought to be a permanent problem, actually clears within 48 hrs of arriving in any Mediterranean country or high in the mountains, where humidity is low, only to relapse on their return to the UK. Skin prick tests sometimes confirm that their main problem is allergy to dust mites or other airborne agents such as cats, dogs, moulds or pollens during the spring or summer. This proves that many of these symptoms, in the right environment or with the right management, can resolve.
Rhinitis and Food Intolerance
It is a misconception that rhinitis is always caused by allergens in the air. Some people find that their symptoms get worse after eating some common foods but improve when they exclude them from their diet for 1-2 weeks. This reactivity is different from allergies to foods such as peanut, which is fast and potentially severe. Food intolerance is a common cause of breathing problems, characterised by congestion and or mucus in the upper or lower airways. Many common foods are the usual culprits. Rhinitis caused by food intolerance remains unchanged in dry climates.
Rhinitis and Chemical Sensitivity
Through the years, many of our clients with rhinitis or asthma have noticed that, when their symptoms are bad, they become more sensitive to chemicals in the air, such as perfumes, cigarette smoke, detergents and others. In the majority of cases, this sensitivity clears when the rhinitis gets better. This said, there are occasions when the same chemicals act as primary causes of rhinitis, not just exacerbating factors.
Treatment for Rhinitis
Once the cause of the rhinitis symptoms have been identified, is it inhalants or is it food intolerance, the correct treatment will be recommended. For many desensitisation with the Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is very effective in bringing about symptom relief.
Clinical Trials re: Allergic Rhinitis
The following is a sample of papers to give a flavour of some of the evidence to support the view that allergy, environmental medicine and nutritional medicine has a major role to play in the modern medical practice.
Children with Allergic Rhinitis and/or Bronchial Asthma treated with Elimination Diet
Ogle K., Annals of Allergy 1980 May: 44; pp273-8. 91% of 322 children showed significant improvement in trial. View article
Contact us if you have further questions or to make an appointment for a consultation.