Can menopause be a factor in the developement of vasomotor rhinitis? I am 54 and my doctor said it sounds like my "allergic" reactions are actually from vasomotor rhinitis since I have tested negative for allergens. At the same time, my sense of smell has been heightened. I am not sure if all of this is just menopause or also the result of being around some strong chemicals recently.
Vasomotor rhinitis is a very common problem affecting millions of Americans. The symptoms include nasal obstruction and rhinorrhea or a runny nose. If you have been around a lot of chemicals, see an allergist or a physician working in industrial exposure to find if you are allergic to any of them. Depending on what is found, it might also be helpful to speak with a neurologist about your increased sense of smell. Only after these types of conditions have been excluded can the diagnosis of vasomotor rhinitis be made.
Machelle M. Seibel, MD
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