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  Rhinitis



Rhinitis

    An inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the nose, often due to allergy to pollen, dust or other airborne substances, which causes sneezing, itching, a runny nose and nasal congestion.

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Inflammation
A reaction to an injury to the body - by infection, chemicals or physical agents. The symptoms can be - depending on the location of the injury- redness, swelling, heat and pain. The purpose of the inflammation is to dilute and destroy the agent causing the inflammation. To do this, the immune system starts a cascade of actions that causes active cells to gather at the affected location. It is these cells and fluids that cause the redness, swelling, heat and pain.

Mucous
Adj. Relating to or resembling mucus.

Membrane
A flexible layer surrounding a cell, organelle (such as the nucleus), or other bodily structure. The movement of molecules across a membrane is strictly regulated in both directions.

Allergy
A major defense mounted by the body's immune system against normally harmless substances, or allergens, such as chemicals in pollen, food, bee stings, animal dander, or dust. An allergic reaction is the body's strong reaction to these substances in a person who is sensitive to them. Reactions range from mild to severe, and may include sneezing, a rash, or difficulty breathing (which can be fatal).

Pollen
Pollen is the male fertilising agent of flowering plants, grasses, trees and weeds.



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Rhinocort
Rhinocort is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): budesonide.

Rhinoplasty
Plastic surgery of the nose.

Rhinorrhea
Runny nose.



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Rehabilitation
The return of function after illness or injury, often with the assistance of specialised medical professionals.

Renal
Pertains to kidneys.

Respiratory system
The group of organs responsible for carrying oxygen from the air to the bloodstream and for expelling carbon dioxide.

Retching
Dry vomiting.

Rhinitis

RICE treatment
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Rotavirus
The most common cause of infectious diarrhea in the United States, especially in children under age 2.

Rupture
A break or tear in any organ or soft tissue.

Rapism
The condition in which a person is dependent on the terrified resistance of a nonconsenting stranger, under conditions of unexpected assault and threats of further violence, in order to obtain erotic arousal and facilitate and achieve orgasm. The rape may be replayed in fantasy while masturbating or copulating. True rape is not the same as the coercive imposition of coitus on an acquaintance or spouse.

Reciprocation
The mutual process of adaptation, one to the other, as when the behavior of a person of one sex adapts itself to the behavior of the other.

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