Allergy

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ALLERGIC RHINITIS

  • Second leading cause of chronic disease in the United States
  • 40-60 million Americans (1 person per 4 households) are effected
  • Over 50% have suffered longer than 10 years.
  • 9-40% of children are effected (varies by scientific study quoted)
  • 3.8 million missed days per year of work and school
  • It is a chronic inflammatory condition.
  • Often dismissed as a “nuisance disorder” but patients suffer significant symptoms that effect their day to day lives impairing sleep, sporting activities, work and school.
  • Most common symptoms are nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, drip of secretions down the back of the throat or out the front of the nose.
  • Often confused with other diseases including non-allergic rhinitis and infections.
  • The most important point is that with proper identification and treatment symptoms can be relieved in most individuals.
  • Allergy shots or immunotherapy is a very effective means of treatment.
  • 20% of patients with nasal symptoms have asthma but they may also have sinusitis, ear infections, eye symptoms and skin symptoms like atopic dermatitis.
  • The best way to diagnose the disorder is by a thorough history, physical exam and skin testing via a board certified allergist.