Chronic Rhinitis

Do You Suffer from Frequent

Runny Nose | Nasal Congestion | Post Nasal Drip

You may have chronic rhinitis.

A condition caused by out of balance nerves giving too many signals to your nose.

More than 24 million Americans suffer from frequent inflammation of the nose called chronic rhinitis.1 This can be caused by out of balance nasal nerves sending too many signals to the nose, telling it to drip, run and swell more than necessary. The nerves may be stimulated by allergens or irritants in the air, changes in weather, medications, certain foods, or chronic health conditions.2 The ClariFix® solution is the first and only FDA cleared device for adults with chronic rhinitis. ClariFix® cryotherapy goes to the root of the problem – the inflamed nasal lining and the underlying nerves – for lasting symptom relief.
The device delivers freezing cold temperatures to the out of balance nerves in the back of the nose, interrupting the signals and stopping the source of runny, stuffy nose symptoms. A clinical study demonstrated a significant decrease in runny nose & congestion symptoms with 4 out of 5 patients reporting long-lasting relief after ClariFix® cryotherapy.3,4 The most common side effects associated with ClariFix cryotherapy are temporary increased congestion and transient pain or discomfort.
ClariFix® Cryotherapy provides long-lasting relief by delivering cold temperatures to the out of balance nerves—interrupting their signals.
  • Safe & FDA cleared
  • Available In-Office
  • Minimal downtime
  • Could provide long-lasting symptom relief

What to Expect - ClariFix Cyrotherapy

Before Treatment Your ClariFix®

  • Discuss all medications with us, including anticoagulants and blood thinners
  • Discuss your medical history with us, including known blood clotting disorders, allergies to
    anesthetics or sensitivities to cold
  • Take recommended analgesics, if any
  • Plan for a 1 hour appointment

During Treatment

  • Your nasal cavity is numbed with anesthetic
  • The ClariFix device and an endoscope are placed in the back of your nose, where the out of balance nerves are located
  • Cold therapy is applied for ~30 seconds, 1 to 2 times per side

You may experience any of the following:

  • Slight pressure
  • Cooling sensation in your nose and/or around molars
  • Some discomfort, though treatment should not be painful

After Treatment

  • You may experience temporary increased congestion and transient pain or
    discomfort, including headache
  • Treatment related discomfort typically resolves within half a day
  • Most patients return to normal activity the same day
  • Most patients begin to see improvement between 2 and 6 weeks post-treatment

Follow post-care instructions, such as:

  • A hot beverage just before and after treatment
  • Over-the-counter analgesics
  • Nasal saline irrigation
  • Avoid blowing your nose for the 1st week

Contraindications include Cryoglobulinemia, Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, Cold urticaria, Raynaud’s disease, open and/or infected wounds or other skin conditions at or near the target tissue. Treat with caution: Patients with diabetes, sensitivity to cold, neuropathic disorders, bleeding disorders, or impaired peripheral circulation in the area to be treated.

Adverse events were those usually associated with post-cryosurgery in nasal passageways and included: pain/discomfort, headache, facial pain, bleeding, dry nose, ear blockage. By day 90, symptoms had either resolved or rated as mild. The ClariFix® Device is intended to be used as a cryosurgical tool for the destruction of unwanted tissue during surgical procedures, including in adults with chronic rhinitis.

1 CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/allergies.htm. Accessed November 15, 2017

2 Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org. Accessed November 15, 2017

3 K162608, Data on File: A2014-02 Clinical Report, Arrinex.

4 Hwang P, et al. “Cryosurgical Posterior Nasal Tissue Ablation for the Treatment of Rhinitis.” Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2017 Oct;7(10):952-956.

ATTENTION!

 

Pertaining to COVID-19 Testing:

Due to critical shortages of supplies, St. Margaret’s Health is no longer testing walk-in patients for COVID-19; a physician’s order IS REQUIRED. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please isolate at home, wear a mask and IF symptoms develop, contact your physician to request an order to be tested.

Having symptoms? In order to be tested for COVID-19, Influenza (Flu), Strep, RSV, or to receive a Respiratory Array test, patients MUST have a doctor’s order. Contact your medical care provider. Please DO NOT visit the testing center in Spring Valley without a physician’s order, OR visit an Emergency Department for testing.

There are many sites throughout the Illinois Valley that are still currently testing without physician’s orders, although appointments may be required.  Please refer to local pharmacies and health departments websites, or visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/testing-sites for more information.

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