What is the economic burden of allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Although allergic rhinitis is not a life-threatening condition, complications can occur and the condition can significantly impair quality of life, [3, 4] which leads to a number of indirect costs. The total direct and indirect cost of allergic rhinitis was recently estimated to be $5.3 billion per year. [5] A 2011 analysis determined that patients with allergic rhinitis averaged 3 additional office visits, 9 more prescriptions filled, and $1500 in incremental healthcare costs in 1 year than similar patients without allergic rhinitis. [6]

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