What is the mortality or morbidity associated with allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jul 26, 2021
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Allergic rhinitis is frequently associated with otitis media, rhinosinusitis, and asthma, either as a precipitating and/or aggravating factor or a symptomatic comorbid condition.

Allergic rhinitis can significantly decrease the quality of life and impair social and work functions, either directly or indirectly, because of the adverse effects of medications taken to relieve the symptoms.

A study by Romano et al indicated that sleep problems in adults with perennial allergic rhinitis not only are common, but negatively affect daily functioning in these individuals. In an analysis of 511 adults with perennial allergic rhinitis (either self reported or physician diagnosed), the investigators found that sleep problems were reported by 66.0% of subjects, and that such problems occurred more frequently in persons with both allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma (78.1%) than in those with allergic rhinitis alone (54.7%). Moreover, sleep difficulties significantly impacted daytime functioning in 33.3% of individuals with allergic rhinitis by itself, versus 47.0% of those with a combination of allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma. [4]

A literature review by Rodrigues et al reported an apparent association between allergic rhinitis and an increased risk of depression and anxiety. [5]

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