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The Allergy-Asthma Connection

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Asthma and allergic rhinitis are both common conditions and, therefore, often present in the same patients. Also, among the various triggers for asthma, allergy is an extremely common provoking factor for both adult and pediatric patients. The nose and lungs are connected by neural reflexes, and nasal allergen provocation can cause bronchoconstriction, and bronchial challenge can result in nasal inflammation. Treatment of allergic rhinitis with nasal steroids improves asthma control of symptoms, decreases bronchial hyperreactivity, and improves forced expiratory volume in 1 second. Treatment of subjects who have both allergic rhinitis and asthma with antihistamines (both alone and in combination with decongestants) and/or leukotriene receptor antagonists results in improvements in both conditions.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: 2002-07-01

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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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