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Landmark 'Pediatric Allergies in America' Survey Uncovered Negative Impact of Allergy Symptoms on Children
Date:3/17/2008

umber one reason for the switch. Patients' dissatisfaction with

effectiveness of nasal allergy medicines caused them to ask their

doctor to change medication (26 percent) or to simply stop taking them

(15 percent).

-- Bothersome side effects of prescription nasal allergy sprays were a key

reason reported when parents were asked why their child is not

satisfied with their medication. Cited most often are products

dripping down the throat and bad taste, which were also seen as most

bothersome when compared to other side effects including burning (15

percent), drying feeling (14 percent), and headaches (13 percent).

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the nasal mucosa causing sneezing, itching, nasal congestion and discharge. Some patients with allergic rhinitis have systemic symptoms, including malaise, irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and decreased appetite.

Allergic rhinitis is the most common allergic disease in the U.S. affecting about 40 million people, specifically 10 percent to 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children. It is associated with direct costs of about $4.5 billion annually and indirect costs that reflect approximately four million days of lost time and productivity at work and school.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is caused by substances typically outdoors (i.e., pollen) that set off allergies and is sometimes referred to as "hay fever." Symptoms may vary in occurrence and intensity during the day or from season to season. Symptoms are often worse in the morning even when the exposure occurred on the previous day.

Perennial allergic rhinitis is a chronic condition caused by triggers such as pet dander and dust. Symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis are very similar to those of seasonal allergic rhinitis, yet perennial is persistent and chronic.

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SOURCE American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
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