Allergic Rhinitis: A Growing Primary Care Challenge
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2005
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 13, Issue 12, pages 545–553, December 2001
How to Cite
Hayden, M. L. and Schumann, L. (2001), Allergic Rhinitis: A Growing Primary Care Challenge. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 13: 545–553. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2001.tb00323.x
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2005
- Allergic rhinitis;
To describe the growing problem of allergic rhinitis (AR) and the latest recommendations on its diagnosis and management for the nurse practitioner (NP) in primary care settings.
Recent clinical research, review articles and consensus guidelines, and the author's clinical experience.
The prevalence of AR is increasing, possibly due to increased airborne pollutants, poor ven-tilation, and rising levels of indoor allergens. Allergic disease is systemic and rarely involves a single symptom. Treatments include reducing exposure to allergens as well as pharma-cotherapy.
Implications for Practice
Patient education is crucial for successful management and includes understanding the aller-gic basis of symptoms, reducing allergen expo-sure, understanding proper use of medications, and reassessing the plan on a regular basis.