Allergic rhinitis in South Africa : 2012 guidelines

Show simple item record Green, Robin J. Hockman, Maurice Friedman, Raymond Vardas, Eftyxia Cole, P. Halkas, Andrew Feldman, Charles 2012-08-22T09:52:18Z 2012-08-22T09:52:18Z 2012-08
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Allergic rhinitis (AR) is an important disease in South Africa. The South African Allergic Rhinitis Working Group (SAARWG) has published previous guidelines for AR diagnosis and management. Areas of concern have arisen that require additional information, including the management of AR in infancy, appropriate and inappropriate allergy testing, cost of AR management, diagnosis and distinguishing the condition from sinusitis, use of over-the-counter medications, and the concept of the ‘united airway’. RECOMMENDATIONS: Clinicians should consider the possibility of AR in infants with recurrent nasal symptoms. Allergy testing should be used wisely and based on local allergens. Total IgE testing is not routinely required to prove allergy. Acute and chronic sinusitis should be considered in conjunction with AR; treatment of rhinitis will improve these conditions. Over-the-counter medications should be used sparingly and with caution. Concern for long-term use of topical decongestants must be noted. Asthma should always be considered in AR diagnosis. Immunotherapy is available in SA and may be extremely useful in selected AR patients. CONCLUSION: The SAARWG proposed an algorithm for the diagnosis and management of rhinitis in South Africa. AR is common, important and troubling to patients; therefore, every effort should be made to target therapy correctly. Patient education is important in the management of AR. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship An unrestricted grant from Aspen/GSK Pharmaceuticals for sponsorship of the working group meeting on 10 - 12 February 2012. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Green, RJ, Hockman, M, Friedman, R, Vardas, E, Cole, P, Halkas, A & Feldman, C 2012, 'Allergic rhinitis in South Africa : 2012 guidelines', South African Medical Journal, vol. 102, no. 8, pp. 693-696. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0256-9574 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-5135 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.7196/SAMJ.5810
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Health and Medical Publishing Group en_US
dc.rights Health and Medical Publishing Group en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Allergic rhinitis (AR) en_US
dc.title Allergic rhinitis in South Africa : 2012 guidelines en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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