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Homeopathy’s Role in Vasomotor Rhinitis

Dr. Dussa Vamshikrishna discusses vasomotor rhinitis, a non- allergic condition and offers keynotes of often indicated remedies.

  • Vasomotor Rhinitis is non-allergic, non-infectious (or Irritant rhinitis).
  • “Vaso” means blood vessels and “motor” refers to the nerves, which innervates nasal tissue and the blood vessels.
  • This is sometimes referred to as idiopathic non-allergic rhinitis.
  • It is estimated that up to 10% of the population suffers from non-allergic rhinitis.
  • Vasomotor rhinitis is characterized by nasal symptoms such as congestion, itching, sneezing, and a runny nose, similar to allergic rhinitis.
  • However, unlike allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis is not caused by allergens but rather by triggers such as changes in temperature, humidity, air pollution, strong odors, or certain foods.

Key Features of Vasomotor Rhinitis (VMR):

  • Absence of Allergy History: VMR typically manifests without a background of allergies, and patients may or may not identify specific irritants.
  • Non-Infectious Etiology: Unlike infectious rhinitis, VMR does not result from an underlying infection.
  • Variable Presentation: Symptoms of VMR can vary widely among individuals, leading to a heterogeneous clinical presentation.
  • Predominance in Older Patients: VMR tends to affect individuals who are older compared to those commonly afflicted with hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Seasonal Patterns: Although not exclusively seasonal, VMR can sometimes exhibit a seasonal pattern due to fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
  • Symptom Profile: Patients with VMR commonly experience rhinorrhea (thick or scanty), frontal headaches, and nasal congestion, without the characteristic itching (pruritus) associated with allergic rhinitis.
  • Aggravation by Spicy Foods: Consumption of spicy foods may exacerbate nasal symptoms such as dripping or congestion in some VMR patients.

 Triggers of Vasomotor Rhinitis:

  • Changes in temperature or barometric pressure, as well as exposure to turbulent air.
  • Strong odors such as perfumes and cooking smells, as well as exposure to smoke.
  • Inorganic dust and air pollution.
  • Intake of spicy foods and alcohol.
  • Certain medications, including some blood pressure tablets.
  • Sexual arousal.
  • Emotional or physical stress.

 Symptoms of vasomotor rhinitis may include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose (rhinorrhea)
  • Nasal itching
  • Sneezing
  • Postnasal drip
  • Nasal stuffiness

 Homoeopathic Remedies for Vasomotor Rhinitis

 The homeopathic remedies listed can potentially address symptoms associated with vasomotor rhinitis. Here’s how they correspond to the symptoms described:

  1. Agaricus muscarius: Matches symptoms of nervous nasal disturbances, itching internally and externally, and spasmodic sneezing after coughing, sensitiveness, and watery non-inflammatory discharge. Agaricus could be considered when these symptoms are prominent in vasomotor rhinitis.
  2. Allium cepa: This remedy corresponds well to symptoms of sneezing, especially when entering a warm room, which may occur in vasomotor rhinitis.
  3. Nux vomica: Suitable for cases where there is nasal stuffiness, particularly at night or after exposure to dry, cold air. Symptoms worsen in a warm room and may be triggered by odors.
  4. Dulcamara: Indicated when there is a complete stoppage of the nose, which may worsen in response to cold, damp weather, such as during a cold rain.
  5. Aconitum napellus: Helpful when there is acute sensitivity to smells, along with symptoms of sneezing, throbbing in the nostrils, and dryness of the nasal mucous membranes. Symptoms may worsen in dry, cold winds and improve in a warm room.
  6. Sabadilla: Spasmodic sneezing, with running nose. Coryza, with severe frontal pains and redness of eyes and lachrymation. Copious, watery, nasal discharge. Aggravation from Cold drinks and cold better from warm food or drinks.
  7. Hepar sulph: Sneezes every time he goes into a cold, dry wind, with running from nose, later, thick, offensive discharge. Stopped up every time he goes out into cold air.
  8. Rhus toxicodendron: Sneezing; coryza from getting wet.
  9.  Allium cepa: Sneezing, especially when entering a warm room. Copious, watery and extremely acrid discharge.
  10. Calc carb: Coryza. Takes cold at every change of weather. Catarrhal symptoms with hunger; coryza alternates with colic.

About the author

Dussa Vamshikrishna

Dr. Dussa Vamshikrishna is a Medica Officer, under NRHM, working at Government Homoeopathic Dispensary in Jammikunta, Karimnagar District, Telangana State, India. Did Post graduation in Homoeopathic pharmacy at J.S.P.S Government Homoeopathic Medical College, Hyderabad.

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