Rhinitis in the Elderly

Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2016 May;36(2):343-57. doi: 10.1016/j.iac.2015.12.010. Epub 2016 Mar 4.


By 2050, the US aging population will nearly double. It will be increasingly important for health care providers to diagnose and manage rhinitis. Nasal symptoms of rhinorrhea, congestion, sneezing, nasal/ocular pruritus, and postnasal drainage affect up to 32% of older adults, and can impact quality of life. Several underlying factors associated with aging may contribute to the pathogenesis of rhinitis in older adults. Although treatment options for rhinitis exist, special considerations need to be made because comorbidities, limited income, memory loss, and side effects of medications are common in older adults and may impact outcomes.

Keywords: Allergic rhinitis; Atrophic rhinitis; Elderly; Nonallergic rhinitis; Older adults; Rhinitis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Rhinitis / diagnosis*
  • Rhinitis / therapy