Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose. Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, itchy nose, throat, eyes and ears, and watery eyes.
Allergic rhinitis occurs when symptoms are triggered by something you are allergic to. This can either seasonal (as with hay fever or cedar fever) or from exposure all year long to allergens like dust mites, pet dander, cockroaches, and mold.
Non-allergic rhinitis looks just like allergic rhinitis but is caused by other exposures like These symptoms can actually be cause by a number of things that are NOT allergies. These causes include: chemical exposures including cigarette smoke and perfumes, temperature changes, infections, and other factors.