How is allergic rhinitis (hay fever) classified?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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According to the Allergic Rhinits and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) study, allergic rhinitis is classified by frequency and severity of symptoms. A patient has intermittent allergic rhinitis if symptoms occur less than 4 days a week or 4 weeks of the year. Persistent allergic rhinitis is labeled if symptoms occur more than 4 days per week and more than 4 weeks of the year. Symptoms are classified as mild when quality of life is not affected. Symptoms are moderate to severe if patients have at least one of the following: sleep disturbance, impairment of daily activities, sports, or leisure, impairment of school or work, or troublesome symptoms. [34]


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