oa South African Family Practice - Allergic rhinitis : not a trivial disease : review article



Extracted from text ... CPD SA Fam Pract 2004;46(1) 11 INTRODUCTION Allergic rhinitis is a significantly underestimated disease in terms of its impairment on quality of life and the consequences of undertreatment are not trivial. Over the past 30 years there has been an exponential increase in the prevalence of allergic rhinitis, now present in between 17% and 28% of the South African population. In view of the close association between allergic rhinitis and asthma (over 70% of asthmatics have associated allergic rhinitis), an international initiative endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed the Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) ..


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