In this entry, I would like to discuss some recent findings on the association with "rhinitis" - inflammation of the nasal passages that often causes runny nose and congestion -- and asthma. In an earlier entry, I reviewed the connection between allergies and asthma. Over 2/3 of asthmatics have allergies, which often cause symptoms in the form of hay fever. This number is even higher in kids, and many children with asthma are followed by a pediatric allergist since many of them developed allergies requiring treatment before developing asthma. But what about the other 1/3 of adults who do not have allergies, and is there a connection between having chronic nasal symptoms and asthma regardless of allergies?
Rhinitis is associated with developing asthma Many individuals have asthma and allergies, and have symptoms of both asthma and hay fever. In general, there are more people with hay fever who do not have asthma than those who do. Is there a risk of developing asthma in adulthood...
Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) affects about 30 million people in America and has increased in prevalence over the last 25 years. Allergy medications have dominated the shelves in many pharmacies as a result of the increasing brands of antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants. Despite the plethora of remedies, both over the counter (OTC) and by prescription, many people continue to suffer from chronic nasal congestion and post-nasal drainage.
Twenty five years ago intranasal steroids (INS) were ushered into the market as a novel approach to treating allergic rhinitis. Nasalid (flunisolide) led the way. Vancenase (Beclomethasone) and Nasacort (Triamcinolone) nasal sprays soon followed. These sprays offered a class of topically active steroids that, unlike previous nasal steroid sprays, had minimal systemic impact. This means the majority of the spray worked on the inner surface of the nose with very little absorption into blood vessels (reducing...
Alternative Names Something stuck in the nose; Objects in the nose Prevention Discourage children from putting foreign objects into body openings. Keep small objects out of the reach of infants and toddlers. References Thomas SH, White BA. Foreign bodies. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 57.
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