Rhinitis 2020: A practice parameter update

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Oct;146(4):721-767. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2020.07.007. Epub 2020 Jul 22.


This comprehensive practice parameter for allergic rhinitis (AR) and nonallergic rhinitis (NAR) provides updated guidance on diagnosis, assessment, selection of monotherapy and combination pharmacologic options, and allergen immunotherapy for AR. Newer information about local AR is reviewed. Cough is emphasized as a common symptom in both AR and NAR. Food allergy testing is not recommended in the routine evaluation of rhinitis. Intranasal corticosteroids (INCS) remain the preferred monotherapy for persistent AR, but additional studies support the additive benefit of combination treatment with INCS and intranasal antihistamines in both AR and NAR. Either intranasal antihistamines or INCS may be offered as first-line monotherapy for NAR. Montelukast should only be used for AR if there has been an inadequate response or intolerance to alternative therapies. Depot parenteral corticosteroids are not recommended for treatment of AR due to potential risks. While intranasal decongestants generally should be limited to short-term use to prevent rebound congestion, in limited circumstances, patients receiving regimens that include an INCS may be offered, in addition, an intranasal decongestant for up to 4 weeks. Neither acupuncture nor herbal products have adequate studies to support their use for AR. Oral decongestants should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. Recommendations for use of subcutaneous and sublingual tablet allergen immunotherapy in AR are provided. Algorithms based on a combination of evidence and expert opinion are provided to guide in the selection of pharmacologic options for intermittent and persistent AR and NAR.

Keywords: Allergic rhinitis; allergen immunotherapy; corticosteroids; decongestants; food allergy antihistamines; ipratropium; local allergic rhinitis; nonallergic rhinitis; vasomotor rhinitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Disease Management
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Humans
  • Phenotype
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Prevalence
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life
  • Rhinitis / diagnosis*
  • Rhinitis / epidemiology
  • Rhinitis / etiology
  • Rhinitis / therapy*
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Symptom Assessment
  • Treatment Outcome