What is rhinolight®?
Rhinolight® is an intranasal phototherapy treatment suitable for rhinitis. It is a non-drug option that helps reduce symptoms of hayfever. The special wavelength light source (5% UV-B, 25% UV-A, plus 70% visible light) works by dampening the body’s immune response to inhaled allergens, such as house dust mites, pollens, moulds and animal dander (Brehmer, 2010).
When is rhinolight® indicated?
Rhinolight® phototherapy is indicated for perennial allergic rhinitis. Rhinolight® is sometimes undertaken as a complementary treatment, to enhance treatments as pharmacotherapy (e.g. nasal sprays, oral anti-histamines) or allergen immunotherapy (Rhinolight® Ltd., 2014).
What does rhinolight® treatment involve?
Rhinolight® involves shining the special wavelength light source into each nasal cavity for 2-3 minutes at a time.
How many treatments are required?
Patients are generally encouraged to undergo a minimum 6-8 Rhinolight® treatments. On occasion, a patient with very severe symptoms may require 9 or 10 treatments. The exact number of treatments will be determined by the pattern and severity of a patient’s symptoms.
How often should treatments be performed?
Rhinolight® phototherapy is are performed close together, however, treatments cannot be performed on consecutive days.
Suggested treatment schedules are :
- Perennial allergies: A Standard course prescribed is 8 treatments within 6 weeks (with the first 4 treatments within a 2 week period).
- Seasonal allergies or for a Flare: 6 treatments within 2 weeks.
How effective is rhinolight®?
Rhinolight® is proven to significantly decrease the severity of common symptoms of allergic rhinitis such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal itching and nasal blockage, for up to 12 months (Koreck et al., 2005).
Is rhinolight® safe?
Rhinolight® is very safe. It is appropriate for use during pregnancy, while women are breastfeeding, on children as young as 6 years of age and for athletes for whom the use of steroids is prohibited (Rhinolight® Ltd., 2014).
Is rhinolight® painful?
No, Rhinolight® treatments are painless. There is no heat or burning felt during treatments.
Is rhinolight® associated with any adverse side effects?
Some patients experience a dry, crusty nose during the course of their Rhinolight® treatments, however, this is only temporary and can easily be remedied with the application of a vitamin A or E oil (Rhinolight® Ltd., 2014).
Can rhinolight® be repeated?
Yes, Rhinolight® treatment can be repeated at the beginning of a new pollen period and/or the emergence of a new allergen. No more than 20 treatments can be performed in any given year.
How long has rhinolight® phototherapy been around for?
The utilisation of UV radiation in medicine is nothing new and was first employed at the beginning of the 19th Century (Brehmer, 2010). The Rhinolight® phototherapy method was certified as a medical therapeutic method in 2003 (Rhinolight® Ltd., 2010).
How do I start?
To arrange Rhinolight treatment, you will require a consultation with our Allergy Doctors who will assess your suitability, perform, monitor and evaluate the efficacy of the treatment at the end of the prescribed treatment course.
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