Primary care: the cornerstone of diagnosis of allergic rhinitis

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  • D. Ryan,

    1. Woodbrook Medical Centre, Loughborough, UK
    2. University of Aberdeen, UK
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  • C. Van Weel,

    1. Department of General Practice, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
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  • J. Bousquet,

    1. University Hospital, Montpelier, France
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      GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network), supported by EU Framework programme for research, contract no. FOOD-CT-2004-506378.

  • E. Toskala,

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland
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      GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network), supported by EU Framework programme for research, contract no. FOOD-CT-2004-506378.

  • S. Ahlstedt,

    1. Center Allergy Research, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
    2. Phadia AB, Uppsala, Sweden
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  • S. Palkonen,

    1. European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations, Brussels, Belgium
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  • L. Van Den Nieuwenhof,

    1. Department of General Practice, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
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  • T. Zuberbier,

    1. Department of Dermatology and Allergy, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany
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      GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network), supported by EU Framework programme for research, contract no. FOOD-CT-2004-506378.

  • M. Wickman,

    1. Department of Pediatrics, Sachs’ Children’s Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
    2. Centre for Allergy Research, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
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      GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network), supported by EU Framework programme for research, contract no. FOOD-CT-2004-506378.

  • W. Fokkens

    1. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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      GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network), supported by EU Framework programme for research, contract no. FOOD-CT-2004-506378.


Dermot Ryan
Woodbrook Medical Centre
28 Bridge St
Loughborough LE11 1NH
UK

Abstract

Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a very common disease with over 600 million people (200 million of them with concomitant asthma) worldwide suffering from it. The majority of patients who seek medical advice are seen in primary care. Although there is a selection of guidelines focused on the management of AR, there is a paucity of guidance on how best to identify patients who would most benefit from treatment. The aim of this paper was to review the best practice for primary care with respect to the diagnosis of AR within that clinical environment.

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