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Patient and healthcare-provider perspectives on the burden of allergic rhinitis

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Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by nasal itching, sneezing, rhinorrhea, and nasal obstruction. Although the incidence of AR has been increasing, the reported prevalence of AR differs among surveys. Allergies in America was a comprehensive national survey that included 2500 adults diagnosed with AR and 400 healthcare practitioners who treat AR. Participants were interviewed about the burden of AR and comorbid conditions and the effect of AR on productivity and quality of life. Approximately 43% of nasal allergy sufferers reported that their nasal allergies were seasonal, and 56% indicated that their allergies were persistent throughout the year. Seasonal allergies were worse during the spring and fall, as reported by 56 and 45% of sufferers, respectively. Nasal congestion was ranked as the most common symptom experienced by patients daily or on most days during the worst month for nasal allergies. Patients and healthcare providers indicated that nasal congestion was the most bothersome symptom of AR. Asthma was diagnosed in 20% of patients with AR. Nasal allergy sufferers and healthcare providers indicated that nasal allergies affected productivity, led to missed workdays, and had a negative effect on patient quality of life. Patients and healthcare professionals report that symptoms of AR are bothersome. Effective treatment options for nasal symptoms of AR may decrease the burden of illness and improve patient productivity and quality of life.
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Keywords: Allergic rhinitis; burden of illness; comorbidity; epidemiology; intranasal corticosteroids; perspectives; productivity; quality of life; sleep disturbance; symptoms

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tennessee 2: Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center, San Diego, California 3: House Ear Clinic, Los Angeles, California 4: Schulman, Ronca and Bucuvalas, Inc., New York, New York

Publication date: 01 May 2007

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