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Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis: Effects of Allergic Rhinitis and Antihistamines on Performance

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Antihistamines are the most commonly used drugs for allergic rhinitis, and many antihistamines may cause subclinical side effects which are not noticeable by the patient. These include impaired driving performance, impaired work performance, reduced coordination, reduced motor skills, sleepiness, and impaired information processing (arithmetic, verbal, and office skills). The newer nonsedating antihistamines should be used for the treatment of allergic rhinitis because they do not produce these effects. Recent studies have shown that children's learning in school may also be negatively affected by traditional antihistamines, and therefore, school children should definitely be given the nonsedating antihistamines. Not only does the treatment cause some impaired performance, but allergic rhinitis itself may result in changes in the patient's mood, affect, and other aspects of personality. Physicians who treat allergic rhinitis should be aware of the potential performance effects of medications that they prescribe and the potential effects of the disease itself on the patient's personality.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1997-03-01

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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