What is the effect of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) on quality of life?

Updated: May 18, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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An accurate assessment of the morbidity of allergic rhinitis cannot be obtained without asking about the effects on the patient's quality of life. Specific validated questionnaires are available to help determine effects on quality of life. [3, 4]

Determine the presence of symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, drowsiness (which may or may not be related to medication), and headache.

Investigate sleep quality and ability to function at work.


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