Complications of Rhinitis

Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2016 May;36(2):359-66. doi: 10.1016/j.iac.2015.12.011. Epub 2016 Feb 26.


Chronic rhinitis involves inflammation of the upper airways. An association with comorbid conditions, such as rhinosinusitis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, has been commonly observed in epidemiologic studies. The underlying pathogenesis of these disorders may be similar. Complications of rhinitis include sleep disturbances, learning impairment, and decreased quality of life. It is vital to recognize the complications of rhinitis so that treatment strategies can address rhinitis as well as its comorbidities and complications in a coordinated manner.

Keywords: Asthma and COPD; Complications; Learning impairment; Quality of life; Rhinitis; Sleep disturbance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / complications
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / etiology
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / complications
  • Quality of Life
  • Rhinitis / complications*
  • Sleep Deprivation / etiology