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Otitis Media and its Relation to Allergic Rhinitis

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Otitis media is a multifactorial illness that is the most common childhood disease that requires physician care, and its resultant health care costs are high. The established role of infection in the pathogenesis of otitis media has promoted aggressive antimicrobial therapy with specific antibiotic protocols for acute otitis and prophylactic antibiotic regimens for chronic or recurrent acute otitis media. Even though these antibiotic regimens have been widely used, there has not been a decreased incidence of otitis media and its complications. The possibility that allergy contributes to chronic or recurrent otitis media especially in children older than 3 years has been debated for years. If a causal relationship between allergic respiratory diseases and middle ear disease were to be established, then one would anticipate that anti-allergic therapy would reduce the morbidity and health care costs associated with otitis media.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1997-05-01

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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.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    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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