When you struggle with chronic rhinitis, it can be challenging to handle your daily activities. You may have turned to a series of antihistamines or nasal sprays to treat your symptoms, but nothing changes. ClariFix® cryotherapy offers fast treatment for chronic rhinitis with beneficial results.
What Is Chronic Rhinitis?
Chronic rhinitis is a sinus condition that causes long-term symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, congestion and postnasal drip. Allergies to irritants like pollen or dust may cause these symptoms.
Chronic rhinitis might be caused by certain medications, changes in weather or chronic health conditions. Nonallergic or vasomotor rhinitis may even result from an overactive nerve in the nose. This type of chronic rhinitis doesn’t involve itchy eyes, nose or throat and doesn’t respond to antihistamines, as these are characteristics of an allergic reaction.
What Happens When Chronic Rhinitis Goes Untreated?
No matter the cause of chronic rhinitis, the symptoms can be frustrating. Individuals may treat allergy symptoms with medications or shots, but not all bodies respond to these treatments. For chronic vasomotor rhinitis, allergy medications are ineffective.
When this condition goes untreated for an extended period of time, complications can arise that are even harder to treat. Problems can include:
- Sinusitis: Prolonged nasal congestion can cause a sinus infection. This ailment is an inflammation of your sinus lining, and it may cause sinus headaches and pressure behind the eyes.
- Nasal polyps: These growths develop on your nasal lining from chronic inflammation. They’re noncancerous and often harmless if they’re small, but larger polyps can block your nasal passageway and make it hard to breathe.
- Middle ear infections: Your sinuses connect to your ear canals. When excess fluid causes nasal congestion, it may cause an ear infection.
Other possible complications associated with chronic rhinitis are eye infections, bone infections, and in severe cases, brain abscesses or meningitis. If you’re confronting chronic rhinitis symptoms regularly, see a doctor to learn about your treatment options.
What Is ClariFix Cryotherapy?
If standard treatment options aren’t helping your chronic rhinitis, ClariFix may be the right solution for you. This procedure is a minimally invasive, FDA-approved method for handling your chronic rhinitis. ClariFix isn’t for everyone, but it may benefit you and your range of symptoms. Cryotherapy can help resolve:
- Itchy or runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Postnasal drip
- Morning congestion
- Mucus in your throat
How Does ClariFix Work?
The ClariFix cryotherapy procedure targets the nerves that cause your congestion and postnasal drip. With extremely cold temperatures and proper anesthetic, a doctor will interrupt the signal emitting from the imbalanced nerves. When the signals stop coming from these imbalanced nerves, you stop experiencing your bothersome symptoms.
A doctor can perform this procedure in their office with a local anesthetic. The ClariFix device allows for controlled delivery of the treatment, and the cryotherapy response leads to the healing of tissue and a short recovery time.
What Are the Benefits of ClariFix?
ClariFix is safe and FDA-approved. This treatment comes with a range of benefits, including:
- No downtime or recovery
- Improvements in your symptoms within two to six weeks
- 10-minute procedure time in office
- Lasting results
Is ClariFix Right for You?
Before using cryotherapy for your chronic rhinitis, you should work with an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. Dr. Nyugen of Houston Sinus & Allergy can perform a medical examination to understand your condition and symptoms. Sometimes these examinations can lead to other discoveries, like nasal polyps or a deviated septum.
If you find that over-the-counter sprays and medications aren’t working for you, he’ll offer possible solutions to your chronic rhinitis. Before trying ClariFix, he may recommend lifestyle changes like stopping medications or changing diet. At our office, we try to help patients find natural, noninvasive remedies.
If Dr. Nyugen doesn’t see any changes based on his recommendations, he may ask you about ClariFix cryotherapy. He’s focused on helping his patients feel happy and comfortable, so he’ll only recommend this treatment if it’s likely to cause a positive result. When you struggle with a constantly runny nose or postnasal drip, ClariFix could be the best solution for you.
What Does Recovery Look Like?
Like any other treatment, recovery time and results are different for everyone. You can talk to Dr. Nyugen about what to expect after the treatment. Since the procedure is short and performed in-office with a local anesthetic, you’ll be able to drive yourself home afterward.
Typically, individuals experience slight congestion or discomfort for the first few days and find symptom improvements over the long term. You’ll start seeing progress anywhere between the first week and the first month.
Once your body has recovered from the cryotherapy, you may find you don’t need any medications, nasal sprays or steroid treatments to handle your symptoms.
What Are the Side Effects?
ClariFix is completely safe and typically well-tolerated by patients. Some people may experience minor side effects like:
- Facial pain
- Dry nose
- Ear blockage
If you experience any of these systems following your ClariFix treatment, they should resolve themselves in a few months following the procedure.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Nyugen
When you experience a runny nose, congestion and postnasal drip regularly, it can be challenging to feel comfortable. ClariFix cryotherapy could be the solution for you.
At Houston Sinus & Allergy, we give our patients personalized care and support for their needs. Contact us today with any questions about ClariFix, or schedule an assessment with Dr. Nguyen to get started.