Optimizing symptom control across the patient spectrum


G. K. Scadding, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, 330 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 80A, UK. E-mail: g.scadding@ucl.ac.uk


Allergic seasonal and perennial rhinitis are common diseases that have a considerable adverse impact on the quality of life of the sufferer. Despite the excellent available treatment, the morbidity of allergic rhinitis remains high, because patients often do not seek medical advice and also because physicians tend to underestimate the disruptive problems caused by the disease. In order to improve patient compliance with medication, the diagnosis of allergic rhinitis should be confirmed and the treatment prescribed should be effective with a simple dosage regimen.