+ Resolve Article
+ Follow Us
Follow on FacebookFollow on Facebook
Follow on TwitterFollow on Twitter

+ Translate
+ Subscribe to Site Feed
GeoScience Most Shared ContentMost Shared Content

Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis in the Australian population: burden of disease and attitudes to intranasal corticosteroid treatment

, : Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis in the Australian population: burden of disease and attitudes to intranasal corticosteroid treatment. American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy 27(6): 506-509

Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (AR/C) is a global health problem causing significant morbidity and has a major impact on quality of life (QOL) and health expenditure. Despite the widespread prevalence, the overall health impact of AR/C may be underappreciated. The results of a survey designed to capture the burden of allergic rhinitis within the Asia-Pacific region have been published recently. Of particular note when evaluating treatment in this region was the fact that despite the value of intranasal corticosteroid (INCS) use, only a small percentage of patients used them. Whether this same trend is present within the population of Australian sufferers is unknown. This study examines the burden of AR/C and explores use of, and attitudes, to INCS sprays in the Australian population. Three hundred three completed interviews from adults and children who had physician-diagnosed AR/C and who were symptomatic or had received treatment in the previous 12 months were analyzed for QOL measures and attitudes to INCS use. Most patients surveyed had received their diagnosis from a general practitioner (GP), and in most cases, a GP provided the majority of ongoing medical care. Only 8% of respondents had consulted a relevant specialist. Diagnostic tests had not been performed in 55% of respondents. The major symptoms causing most distress were nasal congestion and ocular symptoms. The burden of AR/C was considerable; 42% described significant work or school interference because of symptoms, one-third reporting moderate-to-extreme interference with sleep. Despite the significant impact on QOL reported by this sample, 17% had never used INCS and 27% had not used them in the previous 12 months. Respondents' knowledge about INCSs was poor. AR/C is a common disease associated with significant morbidity and impairment of QOL. Improvement in diagnosis, management, and patient education is needed.


PMID: 24274227

DOI: 10.2500/ajra.2013.27.3965

Other references

Parizkova, J.; Merhautova, J.; Prokopec, M., 1972: Comparison of the growth of young Tunisians and young Czechs 11 and 12 years of age. During 1960 anthropometric measurements were made on 263 boys and girls between 11 and 12 years old living in Tunis and the values obtained were compared with those for children of about the same age living in Prague. Height, weight, circumference...

Krumholz, W.; Käbisch, S.; Biscoping, J.; Hempelman, G., 1987: Change in the adhesiveness of polymorphonuclear neutrophilic granulocytes by the intravenous anesthetics midazolam and ketamine. The influence of midazolam and ketamine on polymorphonuclear neutrophil granulocyte (PMN) adherence was investigated in vitro by using nylon fiber columns. Both a concentration of 1.0 microgram midazolam/ml blood and 0.2 microgram/ml caused a redu...

Viani, F.; Jussi, M.I.; Germano, M.; Lotti, P.; Lotti, F., 1984: Rectal administration of sodium valproate for neonatal and infantile status epilepticus. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 26(5): 678-679

Klotzsch, H.R.; Klotzsch, S.G., 1994: Remembering the origins of modern clinical chemistry. Clinical Chemistry 40(6): 1016

Smorczewska-Czupryńska, B.; Ustymowicz-Farbiszewska, J.; Karczewski, J.; Lach, J., 2004: Comparison of the content of antioxidant vitamins in the diets of primary school children from Bialystok and its vicinity. A 24-hour history was taken in a group of 169 children aged 9 and 14 years, randomly chosen from two primary schools in Białystok, and 186 children at the same age from three village primary schools. The results were compared to the recommended d...

Vinetti, M.; Haufroid, V.; Capron, A.; Classen, J-François.; Marchandise, S.; Hantson, P., 2012: Severe acute cardiomyopathy associated with venlafaxine overdose and possible role of CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 polymorphisms. Venlafaxine (VEN) is a serotonin-norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor that causes usually a mild cardiotoxicity when ingested in overdose. We report a patient who developed acute heart failure following overdose. As the toxicokinetic data su...

Herkowitz, H.N.; Rothman, R.H., 1984: Subacute instability of the cervical spine. The purpose of this article is to describe a new entity, subacute instability of the cervical spine. It is defined as the development of radiographic evidence of cervical instability within 3 weeks of a cervical spine injury when initial adequate...

Sealey, G.P.; Corney, A.C. (New Zealand), 1985: Arrangement and method for liquid level measurement. Electronic means are described for measuring the level of e.g. milk in a milk gauge or recorder jar of a milking machine. The equipment consists of 2 long vertical electrodes which generate an electromagnetic field related to the level of the milk...

Laurence, B.R., 1953: Some Diptera bred from cow dung. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, 89: 281-283

Bajwa J.S.; Sykes P.J., 1979: New steroidal hetero cycles synthesis and structure of androst 4 eno 3 2 f s triazolo 4 3 b pyridazine androstano 17 16 f s triazolotriazol 4 ylamino 5 alpha androst 2 ene. The reaction of 4-amino-1,2,4-trizole (1) with the 2-hydroxymethylene-3-oxo-.DELTA.4-steroid and three 16-hydroxymethylene-17-oxo-steroids gave solely and in good yield androst-4-eno[3,2-f]-(s-triazolo[4,3-b]pyridazine), the androstano[17,16-f]-(s...