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Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2011 Nov 10;7 Suppl 1:S3. doi: 10.1186/1710-1492-7-S1-S3.

Allergic rhinitis.

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  • 1Sir Mortimer B, Davis Jewish General Hospital, Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Montreal Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

Allergic rhinitis is a common disorder that is strongly linked to asthma and conjunctivitis. It is usually a long-standing condition that often goes undetected in the primary-care setting. The classic symptoms of the disorder are nasal congestion, nasal itch, rhinorrhea and sneezing. A thorough history, physical examination and allergen skin testing are important for establishing the diagnosis of allergic rhinitis. Second-generation oral antihistamines and intranasal corticosteroids are the mainstay of treatment. Allergen immunotherapy is an effective immune-modulating treatment that should be recommended if pharmacologic therapy for allergic rhinitis is not effective or is not tolerated. This article provides an overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and appropriate management of this disorder.

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