Allergic rhinitis (AR) is highly prevalent, and is becoming increasingly common in children and adults. Symptoms such as sneezing, rhinorrhea, itchy nose, and nasal congestion have a far-reaching effect on a patient's quality of life.In studies of adults with allergic rhinitis:
said AR had effects on their daily lives1
missed work due to nasal allergies2
said nasal symptoms were a moderate hindrance at work2
For patients with allergic rhinitis whose symptoms affect their lives, efficacy matters. Nothing is more effective in interrupting the allergic cascade than an OTC INS like Nasacort® Allergy 24HR.
References: 1. Nathan RA. The burden of allergic rhinitis. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2007;28(1):3-9. 2. Blaiss MS, Meltzer EO, Derebery MJ, Boyle JM. Patient and healthcare-provider perspectives on the burden of allergic rhinitis. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2007;28(suppl 1):S4-S10.
Many of your patients have been using oral antihistamines (OAHs) for years, but they continue to suffer with allergic rhinitis (AR), or are looking for something more. These sufferers of moderate to severe nasal allergies may find relief with an INS, like scent-free Nasacort® Allergy 24HR. But your patients may not fully understand the difference between these 2 separate classes of drugs, OAHs and INSs, or that OTC INSs can differ in their sensory attributes. To understand how OAHs work compared with INSs, it may help your patients to learn about the relationship between allergic rhinitis and inflammation.
An allergen (like pollen or dust) enters the nose, sensitizing the mast cells
Sensitized mast cells release mediators like histamines, which cause itchy nose, runny nose, and sneezing
Cytokines bring white blood cells to the affected area, causing irritation and inflammation that lead to congestion
The inflammation leads to the release of even more histamine and mediating chemicals, which worsen symptoms
Without anti-inflammatory intervention with an INS like Nasacort® Allergy 24HR, the cycle repeats and builds
According to the latest medical guidelines, intranasal steroids like Nasacort® Allergy 24HR are the most effective class of allergy medication.1 They have a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that stops your patients' worst nasal allergy symptoms, even congestion.
For patients who want efficacy for mild to moderate allergic rhinitis symptoms—and don't suffer from nasal congestion—an oral antihistamine (OAH) is a good choice. An OAH can treat the early stage of the allergic cascade (see above).
Because of its powerful efficacy, an INS is recommended for patients with moderate to severe allergic rhinitis or for treating the full range of nasal allergy symptoms. For your patients, a scent-free, alcohol-free OTC INS may be important. Compare to see the Nasacort Difference.
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Reference: 1. Wallace DV, Dykewicz MS, Bernstein DI, et al; Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008;122(suppl 2):S1-S84.
Stuffy nose, sneezing, fatigue—patients coming to you for help aren't always sure what their symptoms mean. The more you know, the better you can properly diagnose their condition and recommend the correct course of treatment.
Below are the most common allergy, cold, and flu symptoms. This chart can help your patients get a better idea of their condition. Print it out and ask your patient to identify his or her symptoms. The sooner you've got a better idea of what is going on, the sooner you can help your patient with his or her troublesome symptoms.