parents (21 percent) said allergies limit their children's activities,
compared with only 11 percent of parents whose child did not suffer
-- Allergy symptoms interfere with children's education. Forty percent of
parents of children with allergic rhinitis report their condition
interferes with their performance at school compared to only 10 percent
of parents of children without allergic rhinitis who attribute lower
performance at school to health issues.
-- Although the most bothersome symptom is a stuffed up nose (27 percent),
almost half (46 percent) of parents of children with allergic rhinitis
reported serious symptoms - such as headache and ear and facial pain.
Treatment Experience Findings
The survey found that there is room for improvement in the management of allergic rhinitis and that new therapies could help fill some of the current treatment needs. Healthcare professionals overestimate their patients' satisfaction with allergy medicines.
"Similar to what we have learned about adults, many children with nasal
allergies are not satisfied with current treatments. This dissatisfaction
is one reason why nasal allergy sufferers sometimes discontinue or switch
medications," said Michael Blaiss, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and
Medicine at the University of Tennessee. "We have information that tells us
how, in fact, children suffer with this condition, how it truly affects
their quality of life and that there is a need out there for better
treatments to control allergies in the pediatric population."
-- Nearly half (48 percent) of the children in the study are currently
using prescription medication to treat their nasal allergy symptoms;
but of those, more than half (57 percent) have changed their
medication, with parents citing the medication was not effective enough
as the n
|SOURCE American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology|
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