Allergic Rhinitis Follow-up

Updated: Apr 10, 2017
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Immunotherapy (desensitization) is a long-term process; noticeable improvement is often not observed for 6-12 months, and, if helpful, therapy should be continued for 3-5 years.
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Deterrence/Prevention

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  • Patients should avoid factors that may cause or exacerbate allergic rhinitis (see Medical Care).
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Complications

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  • Possible complications include otitis media, eustachian tube dysfunction, acute sinusitis, and chronic sinusitis. [4]
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Patient Education

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  • Educate patients on environmental control measures, which involve both the avoidance of known allergens (substances to which the patient has IgE-mediated hypersensitivity) and the avoidance of nonspecific, or irritant, triggers (see Medical Care).
  • For excellent patient education resources visit eMedicineHealth's Allergies Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Hay Fever, Indoor Allergens, and Allergy Shots.
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