What mortality and morbidity are associated with pediatric allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Mortality is not associated with allergic rhinitis (AR), but significant morbidity occurs. Morbidity is manifested in several ways. Annually, an estimated 824,000 school days are missed, and an estimated 4,230,000 days of reduced quality-of-life functions are reported. [5] Comorbidity of other atopic diseases (asthma, atopic dermatitis) or upper airway inflammation (sinusitis, otitis media) is significant in AR. Individuals with AR have a higher frequency of these conditions than individuals without AR.

Quality-of-life surveys have revealed that patients with significant AR found symptoms to be just as debilitating as symptoms in patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. Patients with AR felt they were equally impaired and unable to participate in the activities of normal living similar to those with the moderate-to-severe asthma. They felt that chronic congestion, sneezing, the need to wipe the nose, and a decrease in restful sleep compromised levels of their daily activity.

The financial cost of AR is difficult to estimate. Self-treating patients are estimated to spend an average of 56 dollars per year. The direct cost of prescription medication exceeds 6 billion dollars per year worldwide, and lost productivity is estimated at 1.5 billion dollars per year.

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