Allergy & Sinus Management in Des Plaines, Illinois

Rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes. This inflammation is accompanied by nasal congestion, sneezing, and runny nose. The disease course can become chronic and recurring. There are two types of rhinitis: allergic and non-allergic.

Allergic Rhinitis:

Allergic rhinitis can result from a variety of environmental substances, called allergens. Some of these allergens are seasonal, such as pollen, hay fever, and mold. Patients suffering from seasonal allergies normally have symptoms in the spring. Year-round allergens include dust, dust mites, pet dander, indoor mold, foods, and medicines. More than 20% of Americans are affected by allergic rhinitis annually.1

Non-Allergic Rhinitis:

This type of inflammation occurs due to infections, nasal obstruction, smoke, environmental fumes, perfumes, and overuse of over-the-counter nasal sprays. If you are experiencing symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and itching that last more than two weeks you should be seen by a physician. Dr. Daou can determine if your symptoms are due to an allergy, cold, or sinus infection. He will determine the best treatment for your condition.


Allergic Rhinitis. MD Consult; 2013.