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Rhinitis in the geriatric population

Authors
Journal
Allergy Asthma and Clinical Immunology
1710-1484
Publisher
"Decker, Inc."
Publication Date
Volume
6
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1710-1492-6-10
Keywords
  • Review
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

The current geriatric population in the United States accounts for approximately 12% of the total population and is projected to reach nearly 20% (71.5 million people) by 2030[1]. With this expansion of the number of older adults, physicians will face the common complaint of rhinitis with increasing frequency. Nasal symptoms pose a significant burden on the health of older people and require attention to improve quality of life. Several mechanisms likely underlie the pathogenesis of rhinitis in these patients, including inflammatory conditions and the influence of aging on nasal physiology, with the potential for interaction between the two. Various treatments have been proposed to manage this condition; however, more work is needed to enhance our understanding of the pathophysiology of the various forms of geriatric rhinitis and to develop more effective therapies for this important patient population.

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