What is chronic rhinitis?
Rhinitis (nasal drainage with or without nasal congestion) is a common problem with many causes. If allergies cause rhinitis, allergy medications, including nasal sprays and antihistamines, can often control symptoms successfully. Allergy medicines, however, are not very helpful for rhinitis caused by triggers other than allergies. Irritants such as dust, smoke, or mold can cause runny nose. A medication side effect or interaction can also be the cause. The body’s response to changes in temperature and activities like exercise can sometimes cause rhinitis as well. For older patients, sometimes eating is a trigger. Identifying and avoiding the triggers of non-allergic rhinitis can be challenging.
Medicines aren’t working? We can help.
In the past, doctors had limited treatment options for non-allergic chronic rhinitis. Times have changed. Our experienced doctors at Greenville ENT Associates are pleased to offer a simple, in-office procedure called ClariFix.
What is ClariFix? How does it work?
Research shows an association between rhinitis and overactive nerve endings near the back of the nose. The ClariFix procedure uses cryotherapy (cold temperatures) to disrupt these overactive nerve endings. We place a tiny paddle against these nerve endings and inflate the paddle with liquid nitrogen. An in-office session takes about 30 minutes with minimal discomfort during or after the procedure. Some patients may experience an “ice cream” headache or facial or upper tooth pain on one or both sides. Acetaminophen (eg. Tylenol) or ibuprofen (eg. Motrin) typically relieve this mild discomfort, and symptoms resolve within a few hours. Rhinitis symptoms may initially persist or get a little worse after the procedure, but most symptoms are diminished or gone within a couple months. 80% of patients have long-lasting improvement with ClariFix. It is typically a “one and done” procedure, either effective or not with one session. If it is partially effective, we can consider a second treatment.
The Clarifix procedure can be performed on most patients. However, an anatomic or structural condition may prevent access to the treatment area. A deviated nasal septum is a common example. Depending on the severity of the deviation and limitation of access, we may first pursue surgical correction of the deviated septum prior to ClariFix.
Is the ClariFix procedure right for me?
At your initial appointment, we will discuss your rhinitis concerns and consider potential causes, prior treatments, and any additional non-surgical treatment options. We will perform a full physical exam including assessment of the nasal septum and other possible
structural deterrents to Clarifix and establish a treatment plan specific for you.
More information on the Clarifix procedure can be found at clarifix.com.<< Read More Articles