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What is Atrophic Rhinitis?

Description of the disease

Atrophic rhinitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the nasal mucosa, characterized by gradual tissue destruction and decrease in their volume.


Atrophic rhinitis is divided into primary (idiopathic) and secondary (occurring against the background of other diseases).


  • constant nasal congestion
  • mucous discharge from the nose with the addition of purulent discharge
  • olfactory disturbances
  • dryness and crusts in the nose
  • frequent nosebleeds


The main causes of atrophic rhinitis are chronic inflammatory processes in the nose, circulatory disorders, mechanical damage to the nasal mucosa.


To diagnose atrophic rhinitis, rhinoscopy, X-ray of the nose, bacteriological examinations of nasal secretions are performed.


Treatment of atrophic rhinitis includes the use of local antiseptic preparations, moisturizing the nasal mucosa, and treatment of concomitant diseases.


To prevent atrophic rhinitis, it is recommended to avoid hypothermia, maintain humidity in the room, and timely treat colds and other upper respiratory tract diseases.


Treatment of atrophic rhinitis is carried out by an otolaryngologist.

Note: This material is provided solely for informational purposes and is not medical advice.