Rhinitis is One of the Most Frequently Reported Conditions in the United States
- Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sneezing, and itching of the nose
- Allergic rhinitis and nonallergic rhinitis overlap, have overlapping symptoms, making accurate diagnosis a challenge
- Headache, fatigue, cognitive impairment, and sleep disturbance may occur, leading to significant detriments to quality of life and performance at school and work
Allergic or Nonallergic?
- The prevalence of allergic rhinitis (in patients with rhinitis symptoms) has been estimated to range from as low as 9% to more than 40%
- Only 35% of patients taking non-sedating antihistamines were found to be allergic via IgE blood testing
- Routine history and physical examination alone may not always provide accurate evidence to distinguish specific allergic conditions
- Diagnostic accuracy rarely exceeds 50%
Appropriate management of rhinitis is an important part of effectively managing comorbidities, including asthma.