The concept of how we manage allergic rhinitis in the community is shifting, thanks to a growing understanding of patients’ perceptions and behaviour regarding treatment
Allergic rhinitis is a common chronic disease that affects almost one in five Australians (more than 4.6 million people). Hallmark symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and watery or itchy eyes.
The severity of allergic rhinitis (AR) symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can greatly impact day-to-day performance, quality of life and general sense of wellbeing. The burden of AR includes sleep disturbance, daytime fatigue and lack of concentration, which can negatively affect many facets of life.
Furthermore, evidence shows that severe allergic rhinitis can increase the risk of developing asthma and place those people with asthma at higher risk of flare-ups.
Pharmacists remain key to educating patients on the latest treatment guidelines,…