Allergic Rhinitis in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery Follow-up

Updated: Nov 14, 2017
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Monitor doses and adverse effects of medication.

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Inpatient & Outpatient Medications

Regimen depends on the patient's symptoms and other coexisting medical problems.

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Transfer

Candidates for immunotherapy may be transferred to an allergist for care, and therapy is administered at the discretion of the treating physician.

The clinician should be familiar with immunotherapy and its risks. He or she should be able to deal with any allergic emergency.

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Deterrence/Prevention

See Avoidance of allergens and environmental controls for methods of deterrence and prevention.

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Complications

Complications may include bacterial rhinosinusitis and exacerbation of asthma.

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Prognosis

Most patients with allergic rhinitis can expect an improved quality of life with appropriate environmental control measures; pharmacotherapy; and, when necessary, immunotherapy.

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Patient Education

The clinic should have literature about allergies, and the office staff should continually educate patients and reinforce their understanding of avoidance and environmental control techniques.

Patients undergoing immunotherapy should be instructed to report any reactions from the previous injection and any changes in their health status during each visit (eg, change in medication, new onset of upper respiratory tract infection, worsening of asthma).

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