Rhinitis (viral)

Etiology

  • Adeno, rhino, influenza, para-influenza, other

Symptoms

  • Acute onset nasal congestion, colored d/c, post nasal drip, need to cough
  • Typically self limited, resolving by 7-10d
  • On a spectrum with sinusitis (infection easily involves nasal mucosa and adjacent sinuses)
  • Can predispose to bacterial sinusitis, which follows viral infection

Physical Exam Findings

  • Nasal mucosal edema, covered with discharge
  • Evidence post nasal drip, pharyngeal cobble stoning