What is allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Allergic rhinitis is a common health problem for which many patients do not seek appropriate medical care. Although not a life-threatening condition in most cases, it has a substantial impact on public health and the economy.

According to findings in a recent study, the total estimated cost of allergic rhinitis in 1994 was between 1.2 and 1.5 billion dollars. [1] The illness resulted in more than 6 million missed work days, 2 million missed school days, and 28 million reduced-activity days. These figures are certainly higher today because of the higher cost of new medications and the increasing prevalence of the condition.

Boggy inferior turbinate in an allergic patient. Boggy inferior turbinate in an allergic patient.

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