(24 year old Dr.Gowri is getting married after 4 weeks. She is going to be relocated to Kashmir with her husband who is captain in the Indian Army. She suffer from severe nasal allergy, nasal blockage, sinusitis and wheezing. She is worried about her nose congestion in honeymoon (Honeymoon Rhinitis) and the climate in Kashmir.
Septoplasty, coblation and laser surgery is being performed in Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, South India by Dr.K.O.Paulose FRCS, Consultant ENT Surgeon.)
Honeymoon rhinitis is a condition in which the sufferer experiences nasal congestion,sneezing and rhinorhea during sexual arousal.
The condition appears to be genetically determined, and caused by the presence in the nose of erectile tissue which may become engorged during sexual arousal as a side effect of the signals from the autonomic nervous system that trigger changes in the genitals of both men and women.
Sex Hormones and Nasal Congestion
The sex hormones can have profound effects on the nasal mucosa. Oestrogens produce nasal congestion and for this reason have been used in the treatment of atrophic rhinitis. Also changes in the mucosa can occur during menstruation and pregnancy. Some of the higher dose oestrogen contraceptives can produce an iatrogenic rhinitis. Also, the syndrome of “honeymoon” rhinitis has been described by Watson Williams, where severe nasal symptoms occur during moments of sexual excitement. The nasal mucosa also reacts to certain psychological states. Anger produces a sympathomimetic reaction with vasoconstriction and reduced secretory activity, whereas such emotions as resentment and possibly depression, have the opposite effect, inducing obstruction with excessive nasal discharge and sneezing.