Articles tagged with "allergic rhinitis"

Health Care Utilization for Allergic Rhinitis

Have there been incremental increases in health care utilization and expenditures for allergic rhinitis (AR) patients? Background: AR, one of the most common and likely underdiagnosed conditions, has been studied for quality of life issues, but little has been studied regarding its economic and health care burdens. Study design: Review of data from the 2007 Medical Expenditure […]

Old Problem, New Focus: Otolaryngologists tailor allergy treatments to geriatric patients

Allergic rhinitis among the elderly poses a particularly difficult diagnostic challenge for the otolaryngologist. As people age, they undergo immunosenescence. The thymus, which produces T cells against new invaders, atrophies markedly after adolescence, and this decline results in a less robust immune response to bacteria, viruses and presumably allergens (J Pathol. 2007;211(2):144-156). Consequently, physicians have assumed that allergies should decline as people age.

Treating Allergic Rhinitis: A Patient Experiment

Berrylin J. Ferguson, MD, FACS, FAAOA, associate professor of otolaryngology and director of the Division of Sino-Nasal Disorders and Allergy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pa., uses the following form to help determine which allergy treatments will work best for each patient.