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What is the difference between sinusitis and rhinitis?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Inflame vs infect

Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose while sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses.
Both can be caused by either bacteria or viruses. Both can be caused by allergy or dysfunction of the nose or sinuses cause by chemicals or pollution. Both present differently depending on their cause. Infectious sinusitis can lead to inflammatory rhinitis. Infectious rhinitis can lead to inflammatory sinusitis.

In brief: Inflame vs infect

Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose while sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses.
Both can be caused by either bacteria or viruses. Both can be caused by allergy or dysfunction of the nose or sinuses cause by chemicals or pollution. Both present differently depending on their cause. Infectious sinusitis can lead to inflammatory rhinitis. Infectious rhinitis can lead to inflammatory sinusitis.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Infection

Sinusitis is a bacterial infection of the sinuses.
Rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal passages. The two usually but not always coexist.

In brief: Infection

Sinusitis is a bacterial infection of the sinuses.
Rhinitis is inflammation of the nasal passages. The two usually but not always coexist.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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