What is geriatric rhinitis?
Rhinitis in older people is a common, but often neglected condition. Structural changes in the nose associated with aging predisposes one to rhinitis.1
Why does it happen?
As you age, the connective tissue in your nose may become weakened. This can cause the tip of your nose to droop, restricting airflow and potentially causing nasal obstructions.
Additionally, the lining inside the nose loses its efficacy with age, and it becomes more difficult to warm and moisten incoming air, which can produce dryness and nasal crusting.2
What are the symptoms?
How rhinitis affects your life
The symptoms of geriatric rhinitis may impact your daily life, including the quality of your sleep, and can cause headaches and diminished concentration.
What can you do?
Increase moisture! OCEAN® Saline Nasal Spray can help to manage the dry nose symptoms associated with geriatric rhinitis by increasing moisture inside of the nose. If your symptoms are more severe, make sure to see a board-certified ear, nose, and throat doctor to determine the most effective treatment for you.
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1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2794852/2 Pinto, J. M. and S. Jeswani. Rhinitis in the geriatric population. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology 2010, 6:10. Retrieved Oct. 3, 2014 from http://www.aacijournal.com/content/6/1/10