It's the changing season like these days... It's hot during the day and cold at night, so it's easy to catch a cold... Are you suffering from stuffy nose and runny nose due to pollen allergy? It is said that many people visit the hospital because of the changing season. It is often confused with a cold and rhinitis, but after visiting a hospital with frequent colds, they are diagnosed with seasonal rhinitis. Sometimes, even if I go to the hospital, I can't tell if it's a cold or a seasonal allergy, so I take cold medicine. In preparation for such a situation, it would be good to know the symptoms of colds and rhinitis well and try self-diagnosis, right?
First, let's talk about colds!
A cold is a respiratory disease caused by infection with an external virus. It penetrates into weak areas such as the respiratory tract, such as the nasal mucosa, and exhibits many symptoms. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and dizziness. Overseas, it is usually recommended to take a break without prescription. It is a disease that can be treated without the need for medication.
Now let's talk about rhinitis.
When a cold virus enters the nose, acute rhinitis can occur due to inflammation that is aggravated by a cold. In the case of allergic rhinitis, you can think of it as chronic rhinitis. It can also occur for reasons other than viruses, such as pollen, fine dust, and yellow dust. Rhinitis usually occurs in the elderly (elderly or young children) with weakened immunity, and in the case of chronic rhinitis such as allergy, symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing appear together and the symptoms last for at least 2 weeks. If you are allergic, an allergic reaction test can be performed to determine if you have allergic rhinitis. In addition, if rhinitis is not treated immediately, it can become chronic rhinitis, so you need to be very careful. In the case of chronic rhinitis, treatment with drugs or laser therapy is performed.
Next, we will talk about the treatment of rhinitis.