October 5, 2009
Nonallergic Rhinitis Symptoms More Severe Than Allergic Rhinitis
A comparison of symptoms in patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) and non-allergic rhinitis (NAR) revealed that those with the NAR experienced worse symptoms. The findings are according to new research presented at the 2009 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, in San Diego, CA.
The study assessed 78 patients with AR and 31 patients with non-allergic rhinitis (NAR), measuring quality of life (QOL) in both groups using a common questionnaire. To the surprise of the authors, NAR patients experienced a significantly higher symptom severity than their peers with AR, including having their regular and recreational activities affected, disrupted sleep, tiredness, and watery eyes.
Title: Quality of Life in Allergic and Non-Allergic Rhinitis
Author: Nick Debnath, MD; Rodney J. Schlosser, MD; Richard J. Harvey; Shaun A. Nguyen, MD, MA; Charley S. Coffey, MD; Karen M. Drawdy, PA-C
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