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Allergic rhinitis (AR) affects up to 40% of children in the United States and its prevalence continues to increase. Most AR develops during the pediatric years and it is the most common chronic allergic disorder seen in children. It is important to note that AR is more than just sneezing and a nuisance for the children. There are numerous complications that can lead to significant problems both physically and mentally in the child who suffers with AR. Under physical complications, otitis media with effusion, recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis, asthma, and snoring impact children with AR. Sleep disturbances, poor school performance, and hyperactivity are all mental complications seen in many children related to their nasal allergies. It is important for the clinician to take AR in the child seriously to prevent or control complications that can have a detrimental effect on the child.

Keywords: Allergic rhinitis; asthma; children; chronic; mental complications; otitis media; physical complications; sinusitis; sneezing; snoring

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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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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