Allergic Rhinitis Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Vasomotor rhinitis or nonallergic rhinitis

Gustatory rhinitis (vagally mediated)

Rhinitis medicamentosa (eg, due to topical decongestants, antihypertensives, cocaine abuse)

Hormonal rhinitis (eg, related to pregnancy, hypothyroidism, oral contraceptive use)

Anatomic rhinitis (eg, deviated septum, choanal atresia, adenoid hypertrophy, foreign body, nasal tumor)


Immotile cilia syndrome (ciliary dyskinesis)

Cerebrospinal fluid leak

Nasal polyps

Granulomatous rhinitis (eg, Wegener granulomatosis, sarcoidosis)

Differential Diagnoses