oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Summer "sniffles" : ear, nose and throat

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



"Rhinorrhoea", the term used to describe a runny nose, can manifest as a watery nasal discharge, either at the front or back (postnasal drip) of the nose. Postnasal drip can lead to coughing and a sore throat. A runny nose which occurs more often in summer is likely to be due to grass and weed allergies. "Rhinitis" refers to inflammation of the nasal tissue, which can cause rhinorrhoea (a runny nose). Although the symptoms of allergic rhinitis are worse in summer, they can continue for approximately 10 months of the year owing to the prevalence of an extended grass pollen season in South Africa. Some patients even experience symptoms throughout the year. Symptoms wax and wane with the seasons and exposure to allergens.

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