Rhinitis of the Elderly

  • Alan P. Baptist
  • Sharmilee M. Nyenhuis


As the aging population in the USA grows, it will be increasingly important for healthcare providers to effectively diagnose and manage rhinitis. Nasal symptoms such as rhinorrhea, congestion, sneezing, nasal/ocular pruritus, and postnasal drainage affect up to one-third of older adults, and significantly impact their quality of life. Several underlying factors associated with aging (such as structural changes and immunosenescence) may contribute to the pathogenesis of rhinitis in older adults. Although treatment options for rhinitis exist, there are unique features that must be considered when caring for older adults with rhinitis. These include an increased prevalence of atrophic rhinitis, the use of complementary and alternative medications (high among older adults), comorbidities, limited income, memory loss, and increased side effects of medications (many of which can cause rhinitis symptoms).


Rhinitis Allergic rhinitis Nonallergic rhinitis Atrophic rhinitis Elderly Older adults 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, Department of MedicineUniversity of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences SystemChicagoUSA

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