n South African Medical Journal - Chronic rhinitis in South Africa : update 2013 : guidelines
|Article Title||Chronic rhinitis in South Africa : update 2013 : guidelines|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Pretoria, 2 Netcare Linksfield Clinic, 3 Netcare Linksfield Clinic, 4 Netcare Linksfield Clinic, 5 Netcare Linksfield Clinic, 6 Mediclinic Sandton, 7 Mediclinic Sandton, 8 University of the Free State, 9 University of Cape Town, 10 University of Cape Town and 11 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Jun 2013|
|Pages||419 - 422|
The term rhinitis implies inflammation of the lining of the nose. Characteristic symptoms are a blocked nose, anterior and posterior rhinorrhea, sneezing and itching. Not all cases of chronic rhinitis have an allergic basis. Chronic non-allergic rhinitis is defined as a condition where ongoing rhinitic symptoms are present for many months (as for persistent allergic rhinitis) but there is no IgE basis. Many common conditions may present as chronic rhinitis, which will need to be investigated and managed on their own merits. Not all cases of chronic rhinitis respond to allergic rhinitis therapy: continued attempts to manage chronic rhinitis as allergic rhinitis may be hampered by pathophysiological conditions where other specific therapy may be required. Chronic rhinitis impacts on patient quality of life, and therefore therapy is important. Managing patients with chronic rhinitis requires attention to patient education in order to achieve the maximal therapeutic benefit of medication. This update is intended to provide clinicians with a sound basis for management of a common condition.
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