National Guidelines at a glance: Allergic Rhinitis

Nadine Butler


Allergic rhinitis is still commonly considered to be a trivial disease; it should however be regarded as a serious condition, since it impacts negatively on the quality of life of the sufferer, by producing not only severe symptoms, but also complications. In order to elevate the status of allergic rhinitis and to detrivialise it, the South African Allergic Rhinitis Working Group convened in 1996 to formulate management guidelines.1 In light of the advent of new forms of therapy for patients with allergic rhinitis, a clinical management update was published in 2006.2 In line with the practice adopted for the formulation of the International Consensus Document, the working groups were composed of representatives from the ENT, paediatric, allergy and general practitioner communities.3

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