2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code J31.0

Chronic rhinitis

ICD-10-CM Code:
Short Description:
Chronic rhinitis
Is Billable?
Yes - Valid for Submission
Chronic Condition Indicator: [1]
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Code Classification

  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • Other diseases of upper respiratory tract
      • Chronic rhinitis, nasopharyngitis and pharyngitis

J31.0 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of chronic rhinitis. The code is valid during the current fiscal year for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions from October 01, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Atrophic rhinitis
  • Chronic atrophic rhinitis
  • Chronic catarrhal rhinitis
  • Chronic catarrhal rhinitis
  • Chronic fibrinous rhinitis
  • Chronic hypertrophic rhinitis
  • Chronic infective rhinitis
  • Chronic laryngitis
  • Chronic membranous rhinitis
  • Chronic rhinitis
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic simple rhinitis
  • Chronic ulcerative rhinitis
  • Congestive non-allergic rhinitis
  • Eosinophilic mucin rhinosinusitis
  • Eosinophilic nonallergic rhinitis
  • Granulomatous rhinitis
  • Gustatory rhinitis
  • Hypertrophic rhinitis
  • Hypertrophy of nasal turbinates
  • Hypertrophy of nasal turbinates
  • Irritant rhinitis
  • Mixed rhinitis
  • Non-allergic rhinitis
  • Non-infective non-allergic rhinitis
  • Obstructive rhinitis
  • Ozena
  • Ozena laryngis
  • Purulent rhinitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinitis caseosa
  • Rhinitis due to alpha-adrenergic blocking agent
  • Rhinitis medicamentosa
  • Rhinitis sicca
  • Rhinoconjunctivitis
  • Rhinosinusitis
  • Sinus catarrh
  • Ulcer of nose
  • Ulcer of nose
  • Ulcerative rhinitis

Clinical Classification

Clinical Category:
Other specified and unspecified upper respiratory disease
CCSR Category Code:
Inpatient Default CCSR:
Y - Yes, default inpatient assignment for principal diagnosis or first-listed diagnosis.
Outpatient Default CCSR:
Y - Yes, default outpatient assignment for principal diagnosis or first-listed diagnosis.

Clinical Information

  • Rhinitis - inflammation of the nasal mucosa, the mucous membrane lining the nasal cavities.
  • Rhinitis, Allergic - an inflammation of the nasal mucosa triggered by allergens.
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Perennial - inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose similar to that found in hay fever except that symptoms persist throughout the year. the causes are usually air-borne allergens, particularly dusts, feathers, molds, animal fur, etc.
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal - allergic rhinitis that occurs at the same time every year. it is characterized by acute conjunctivitis with lacrimation and itching, and regarded as an allergic condition triggered by specific allergens.
  • Rhinitis, Atrophic - a chronic inflammation in which the nasal mucosa gradually changes from a functional to a non-functional lining without mucociliary clearance. it is often accompanied by degradation of the bony turbinates, and the foul-smelling mucus which forms a greenish crust (ozena).
  • Rhinitis, Vasomotor - a form of non-allergic rhinitis that is characterized by nasal congestion and posterior pharyngeal drainage.
  • Chronic Rhinitis - chronic inflammation of the nasal cavity mucosa. it may lead to post-nasal drip resulting in chronic sore throat and chronic cough.
  • Chronic Laryngitis - persistent laryngitis usually caused by smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, voice abuse, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. it results in hoarseness and other voice changes.
  • Allergic Rhinitis, CTCAE|Allergic Rhinitis|Allergic rhinitis - a disorder characterized by an inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes caused by an ige-mediated response to external allergens. the inflammation may also involve the mucous membranes of the sinuses, eyes, middle ear, and pharynx. symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea and itching.
  • Allergic Rhinitis|Allergic rhinitis - inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes caused by an ige-mediated response to external allergens. the inflammation may also involve the mucous membranes of the sinuses, eyes, middle ear, and pharynx. symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, and itching. it may lead to fatigue, drowsiness, and malaise thus causing impairment of the quality of life.
  • Atopic Rhinitis - allergic rhinitis with a positive skin prick test (spt equal or greater than 3 mm) to any allergen.
  • Grade 1 Allergic Rhinitis, CTCAE|Grade 1 Allergic rhinitis - mild symptoms; intervention not indicated
  • Grade 2 Allergic Rhinitis, CTCAE|Grade 2 Allergic rhinitis - moderate symptoms; medical intervention indicated
  • Grade 2 Rhinitis Infective, CTCAE|Grade 2 Rhinitis infective - localized; local intervention indicated
  • IL13 wt Allele|ALRH|Allergic Rhinitis Gene|BHR1|Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness-1 (Bronchial Asthma) Gene|IL-13 Gene|Interleukin 13 Precursor Gene|Interleukin 13 wt Allele|MGC116786|MGC116788|MGC116789|NC30 Gene|P600 - human il13 wild-type allele is located in the vicinity of 5q31 and is approximately 3 kb in length. this allele, which encodes interleukin-13 protein, is involved in both the regulation of immune responses and the modulation of b-cell maturation and differentiation. the gene plays a role in the regulation of immunoglobulin e class switching.
  • Infectious Rhinitis|Non-Allergic Rhinitis|Rhinitis infective - an inflammatory process affecting the nasal mucosa, usually caused by viruses (e.g., rhinovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza virus, and coronavirus). it is characterized by chills, headaches, mucopurulent nasal discharge, coughing, and facial pain.
  • Perennial Allergic Rhinitis|Non-seasonal Allergic Rhinitis - allergic rhinitis caused by indoor allergens and lasting year round.
  • Rhinitis - an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the nose, usually associated with nasal discharge.
  • Rhinitis Infective, CTCAE|Rhinitis Infective|Rhinitis infective - a disorder characterized by an infectious process involving the nasal mucosal.
  • Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis|Hay Fever|Hay Fever - allergic rhinitis caused by outdoor allergens.
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis - inflammation in the nasal cavity mucosa that results from the abnormal regulation of the blood flow in the nose. it may be caused by temperature fluctuations, air pollution, strong odors, and tobacco smoke. it results in chronic nasal congestion, sneezing, and running nose.
  • Rhinosinusitis - inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the nose and paranasal sinuses.

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The following annotation back-references are applicable to this diagnosis code. The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10-CM codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more.

Inclusion Terms

Inclusion Terms
These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
  • Atrophic rhinitis (chronic)
  • Granulomatous rhinitis (chronic)
  • Hypertrophic rhinitis (chronic)
  • Obstructive rhinitis (chronic)
  • Ozena
  • Purulent rhinitis (chronic)
  • Rhinitis (chronic) NOS
  • Ulcerative rhinitis (chronic)

Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Index to Diseases and Injuries References

The following annotation back-references for this diagnosis code are found in the injuries and diseases index. The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10-CM code(s).

Convert J31.0 to ICD-9-CM

  • ICD-9-CM Code: 472.0 - Chronic rhinitis

Patient Education

Nose Injuries and Disorders

Your nose is important to your health. It filters the air you breathe, removing dust, germs, and irritants. It warms and moistens the air to keep your lungs and tubes that lead to them from drying out. Your nose also contains the nerve cells that help your sense of smell. When there is a problem with your nose, your whole body can suffer. For example, the stuffy nose of the common cold can make it hard for you to breathe, sleep, or get comfortable.

Many problems besides the common cold can affect the nose. They include:

  • Deviated septum - a shifting of the wall that divides the nasal cavity into halves
  • Nasal polyps - soft growths that develop on the lining of your nose or sinuses
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rhinitis - inflammation of the nose and sinuses sometimes caused by allergies. The main symptom is a runny nose.
  • Nasal fractures, also known as a broken nose

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Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.


[1] Chronic - a chronic condition code indicates a condition lasting 12 months or longer and its effect on the patient based on one or both of the following criteria:

  • The condition results in the need for ongoing intervention with medical products,treatment, services, and special equipment
  • The condition places limitations on self-care, independent living, and social interactions.