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Health Tip: Rhinitis + Sinusitis = Misery

Some ways to find relief

(HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 million Americans are plagued by what seems like a constant runny, stuffed-up nose and a headache around the eyes, nose and temples. They may well suffer from two very common medical problems -- rhinitis and sinusitis, which are inflammations of the nose and sinuses respectively.

Those with allergies are especially prone. Although not life-threatening, rhinitis and sinusitis can make you just plain miserable.

The best course for preventing rhinitis and sinusitis, says the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, is to keep your nasal passages as free and clear as possible. This is particularly important if you have allergies.

If you have chronic rhinitis and tend to get repeated bouts of sinusitis, your doctor may prescribe a steroid nasal spray. Taken every day, this medication will help to keep the nasal and sinus passages from becoming inflamed.

To the extent possible, avoid exposure to the things that trigger your allergies. Keep cigarette smoke out of your home and avoid it in other places as much as possible.

Most important, keep your doctor informed of your progress.

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