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20-City Zagat Survey(R) Guide Spotlights Outdoor Destinations and Offers Allergy Management Tips
Date:3/11/2008

"Out & About with Allergies" Guide Now Available in Time for Spring Allergy

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A special-edition Zagat Survey(R) guide, launched today, offers people with seasonal and year-round allergies an insider's view of the most exciting outdoor destinations in 20 US cities -- and tips on how to manage their allergy symptoms so they can enjoy being outside. The free guide is available at http://www.outandaboutwithallergies.com.

Zagat Survey(R), the leading publisher of consumer-based leisure content, and GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the allergy medication Veramyst(TM) (fluticasone furoate) Nasal Spray, created Out & About with Allergies: An Insider's Guide to Enjoying the City. Actor and allergy sufferer James Denton of Desperate Housewives is helping introduce the guide in order to bring attention to seasonal allergies and to encourage other allergy sufferers to manage their symptoms so that they can better enjoy outdoor experiences.

"I suffer with seasonal allergies, so I know how important it is to manage my symptoms," Denton said. "And for people like me who love the outdoors, this special-edition Zagat Guide introduces new places you can really enjoy when your allergy symptoms are under control."

The guide covers chic restaurants with outdoor dining and rooftop bars as well as secluded gardens and walking paths in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. Out & About with Allergies also features useful tips for managing seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms.

"People with allergies may feel miserable, particularly if they experience multiple symptoms that persist for weeks to a few months," said Mark Mehle, M.D., clinical assistant professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. "Allergy symptoms -- stuffy nose and red, itchy watery eyes -- may cause people to avoid the outdoors just when the weather is at its best."

About Nasal Allergies

One of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S., nasal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, affect up to 40 million people annually, including 10 to 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children.

Nasal allergies refer to inflammation of the lining of the nose. Inflammation can be caused by allergies to pollen, animal dander, house dust mite or mold spores. People with nasal allergies tend to have stuffy, runny, and itchy noses, may sneeze a lot, or have red, itchy, watery eyes. Some people with nasal allergies suffer from seasonal allergies (or hay fever), while others have year-round allergies. Seasonal allergies are usually triggered by pollens, and as the name implies, occur during certain seasons and last a few weeks to a few months. Year-round allergy symptoms are triggered by dust mites, animal dander or mold.

About Veramyst

Veramyst Nasal Spray treats seasonal and year-round nasal allergy symptoms in adults and children 2 years and older.

For seasonal allergies, Veramyst helps patients twelve years and older treat multiple symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, itchy and runny nose, and red, itchy and watery eyes with one medicine. For year-round allergies, Veramyst treats only nasal symptoms, including sneezing, congestion and itchy and runny nose.

For patients twelve years and older with seasonal allergies, Veramyst has also demonstrated improvement in overall allergy-related quality of life. However, for patients with year-round allergies, similar benefit has not been established.

Important Information about Veramyst

Side effects include nosebleed or nasal sores. Nasal fungal infection, glaucoma or cataracts may occur. Patients should have regular eye exams. Veramyst should not be sprayed in the eyes.

Available by prescription only. For best results use Veramyst once daily. Maximum relief may take several days. Individual results may vary.

About GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. GlaxoSmithKline is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, and live longer. For company information visit http://www.gsk.com.


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