Author(s): Scadding GK, Richards DH, Price MJ
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Abstract Patient and physician perspectives on the impact and management of perennial (PAR) and seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) were studied. In all, 2139 subjects were questioned about their medical conditions, severity and frequency of symptoms and satisfaction with treatment. A group of general practitioners (GPs) were also invited to discuss their experiences in the management of rhinitis. In this UK survey, allergic rhinitis was more common than asthma, hypertension, skin rashes, eczema and diabetes. The prevalence of SAR and PAR was 15\% and 2\%, respectively. Sneezing and runny nose were the most common symptoms and GPs were the main contact for advice and treatment (54\% of patients). Symptoms were well-controlled in 32\% of patients. Allergic rhinitis affected work, home and social life in 29\%, 34\% and 30\% of patients, respectively. The GPs considered PAR to be more difficult to treat than SAR, and GP and patient level of satisfaction in the treatment of PAR was low. This suggests that education of patients and physicians on the benefits of allergen avoidance, and the selective use of the highly effective therapies available on prescription could improve the level of satisfaction with therapy. Adherence to current guidelines on the management of rhinitis could lead to an effective, structured treatment plan for patients.
This article was published in Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci
and referenced in Journal of Allergy & Therapy