Rhinitis is an allergic reaction that causes nasal inflammation. Also known as hay fever, it is generally a body’s reaction to allergens present in the air. It causes runny nose and irritation in the internal part of the nose. A person with chronic rhinitis shows these symptoms as often as four days a week with or without variations.
Chronic rhinitis is caused by repeated exposure to rhinitis causing factors. These can be exhaust gases, cigarette smoke, dust, perfumes, chlorine, detergents, etc. Other factors such as prolonged exposure to cold climate and consuming cold food items like curds & ice cream can also be held responsible for causing this chronic disease.
- Irritation in throat
- Bad breath
- Itchy and watery red eyes
- Loss of smell
- Congested nose
Ayurveda attributes rhinitis or dushta pratishya to imbalance in pitta and kapha due to which mucus-like toxins are produced. These are transported to the respiratory system accumulating there to cause rhinitis.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Foods to be avoided include fried, deep fried, oily, sour and excessively sweet foods.
- Avoid food items containing citrus juices, sauces, chutneys, fermented food, mustard and vinegar. Also avoid foods made from refined flour such as bread, cakes, pastries, pizza etc.
- Cut on your consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol and smoking. Also stay away from artificial foods, fast foods, cold and frozen food and drinks and tomatoes.
- Include alkaline foods in the diet such as grains, rice, beans, breads (whole grain), pasta and dairy products
- Boil 10 buds each of clove and crushed garlic with two glasses of water till it reduces to half. Add salt and consume thrice daily.
- Make a mixture of equal parts of powdered licorice, black pepper, basil and turmeric and boil it. Take it thrice daily.
- Mix equal amounts of dried ginger root, black pepper and long pepper and take a spoon with honey twice a day.