Atrophic Rhinitis Causes & Symptoms

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What is atrophic rhinitis?

Atrophic rhinitis is characterized by inflammation of the tissue that makes up the nasal lining and underlying bones of the nose. This tissue is vital to the proper functioning of the nose, helping it to:

  • Keep bacteria out of the nose
  • Transmit smell information to the nose
  • Regulate air pressure during breathing

When the condition continues for a substantial period of time or is recurring, it is known as chronic atrophic rhinitis. The condition can lead to other health concerns, such as nasalobstruction and sinusitis, without proper treatment.

What are some atrophic rhinitis symptoms?

Signs and symptoms that may indicate atrophic rhinitis include:

What are some atrophic rhinitis causes?

There is no definitive cause for atrophic rhinitis, however, it is sometimes more common in tropical countries. The condition is sometimes a consequence of another condition or injury and in other cases seems to develop on its own.

What are the risk factors for atrophic rhinitis?

Factors that may increase the risk of developing atrophic rhinitis include:

  • Family history of chronic atrophic rhinitis
  • Nutritional deficiencies
    • Vitamin A
    • Iron
    • Vitamin D
  • Autoimmune suppressing conditions
  • Infections

How is atrophic rhinitis diagnosed?

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, it is important to consult with an ear, nose and throat specialist at New York ENT to properly diagnose your symptoms.

Once atrophic rhinitis is determined as the cause of a patient’s symptoms, an ear, nose and throat specialist will discuss some treatment options with you.

What are some atrophic rhinitis treatment options?

Atrophic rhinitis can be treated in multiple ways, depending on the severity of the condition and the individual needs of the patient. Some typical treatment options include:

Medical Treatments

Medical treatments vary, depending on what has caused the atrophic rhinitis. Some common medical options to deter the condition or to resolve the underlying condition include:

  • Saline nasal spray
  • Nasal irrigation
  • Antibiotics
  • Nutritional supplements

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Surgical treatments

When atrophic rhinitis is severe and/or causing a nasal obstruction, surgery may be recommended.

If you are suffering from atrophic rhinitis, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at  212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment today.

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