How to determine if sinus or atrophic rhinitis?

Exam and history. Your primary physician or allergist can help with this. Part of it depends on the appearance of the lining of the nose, along with a detailed description of your symptoms. Response to treamtent is another clue - atrophic rhinitis responds best to ipratroprium spray, whereas sinus inflammation is best treated with steroid sprays.
ENT specialist. Would recommend seeing ears, nose, and throat specialist.

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