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Rhinitis is a general term that refers to inflammation of the nose (sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses), so that does sound like what you're dealing with.

The more important question is what is causing the inflammation.

It sounds like part of your problem is allergies (since you specifically mention hay fever), so it's possible that you're allergic to something that is causing year 'round inflammation. Allergens like mold, pet allergies, even food allergies are the most likely cause of year 'round inflammation so you might need to take an antihistamine (claritin or zyrtec) every day to keep those allergies under control.

You might also try using a neti pot or SinusRinse bottle to irrigate your sinuses with salt water and soothe those swollen tissues.

In addition to allergies, acid reflux can contribute to chronic sinus and nasal inflammation (the upper and lower respiratory systems are very closely linked and inflammation from one can radiate to the other).

If you decide to try the antihistamine and sinus irrigation, use both daily for at least 2 weeks to see if you notice any improvement.
Allergy shots can help with chronic sinus inflammation if the inflammation is caused by allergies, but it can also be caused by environmental irritants, dry air, and acid reflux so you'll have to figure out what's causing the inflammation to manage it.

The fact that you had allergy shots in the past means you must be allergic to something so allergies are a good place to start. The best way to manage allergies is to take an antihistamine daily, use a neti pot or SinusRinse bottle to irrigate your sinuses, and try as much as possible to avoid the things you're allergic to. Shots do work for lots of people but they take time.





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