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When I take long, hot showers I sneeze a lot afterward. My nose then gets congested, and my throat feels irritated.

It's most likely your symptoms are from non-allergic rhinitis or inflammation of the nose. Other names are vasomotor rhinitis and idiopathic (meaning no known cause) rhinitis.

This type of rhinitis is not caused by allergens like pet dander, mold, or pollen. It can be triggered by spicy foods, temperature changes, humidity, and irritants like cigarette smoke, strong odors, and fragrances. The symptoms usually include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and postnasal drip that can cause irritation in the throat. It's best to avoid your triggers. Other options are to use nasal saline irrigations, and topical nasal sprays such as topical nasal steroids.

Nasal Allergy (Rhinitis), Symptoms
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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