Nasal congestion is a primary symptom of rhinitis due to swelling of the soft tissue lining the nose. Any condition causing nasal blockage may be a contributory factor as well. Rhinitis may be due to specific allergies (allergic rhinitis), infection or a more general sensitivity of the nasal lining (Vasomotor rhinitis). Sometimes the long term use of over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays is a major factor (rhinitis medicamentosa). Various irritants cause engorgement of blood vessels due to the local release of chemicals (especially histamine) in the tissues. Very frequently there is nasal itching, excessive sneezing and a runny nose (rhinorrhoea).
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.