Allergic Rhinitis Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Feb 14, 2023
  • Author: Tiffany Jean, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Other conditions to consider include:

  • 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, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, sarcoidosis)

Differential Diagnoses