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Allergic vs Non-Allergic Rhinitis

Did you know that there is more than one type of rhinitis?

There are several types of rhinitis, with the 2 main types being allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. To the everyday individual these 2 conditions may seem exactly the same, when in fact they have distinct differences upon thorough examination.

In order to distinguish between the 2 conditions, your health care practitioner will take a thorough history, perform a physical examination and request further diagnostic testing where necessary (such as skin testing or in-vitro IgE testing). The table below demonstrates the main differences between the conditions.

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  1. http://www.worldallergy.org/professional/allergic_diseases_center/rhinitis/rhinitis_indepth.php
  2. http://www.entnet.org/content/allergic-rhinitis-sinusitis-and-rhinosinusitis