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Update on Efficacy of Allergen Immunotherapy for Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma

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Specific allergen immunotherapy (IT) has long been used to treat allergic rhinitis and asthma. Review of the literature from the past 5 years continues to support this use of IT as the only disease-modifying treatment of allergic disease currently available. In addition, studies suggest that allergen IT may prevent the progression of allergic disease. In monosensitized patients, IT may prevent polysensitization. In younger patients with allergic rhinitis only, IT may prevent the new onset of asthma. Although these studies require further validation, the evidence is important enough to consider disease prevention as one of the indications for prescribing allergen IT.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: November 1, 2002

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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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