A survey of clinical features of allergic rhinitis in adults

Franco Frati, Ilaria Dell’Albani, Giovanni Passalacqua, Sergio Bonini, Oliviero Rossi, Gianenrico Senna, Cristoforo Incorvaia, Monica Albano, Lucrezia Allegretti, Giorgia Altomonte, Andrea Antico, Antonio Arena, Renato Ariano, Pasquale Arigliano, Paola Arrigoni, Augusto Arsieni, Arianna Aruanno, Paola Bernardis, Adriano Berra, Lucia BilleriArrigo Boccafogli, Franco Borghesan, Linda Borgonovo, Paolo Borrelli, Marina Braga, Megan Bresciani, Guglielmo Bruno, Massimo Bruno, Domenico Bruzzese, Alessandro Buonomo, Gianni Cadario, Paolo Candi, Renato Cantone, Stefania Capretti, Anna Carabelli, Rino Caramazza, Annamaria Carbonara, Aurelia Carosso, Cristiano Caruso, Riccardo Caruso, Giuseppe Casino, Stefano Casotto, Francesco Castellano, Gloria Castiglioni, Lidia Cecchi, Francesca Chiarini, Fulvia Chieco Bianchi, Giuseppe Cinquepalmi, Massimo Cinquini, Silvia Cocchi, Caterina Colangelo, Giselda Colombo, Gabriele Cortellini, Stefano Crescioli, Nunzio Crimi, Francesco Cucinelli, Antonio Curcio, Marina Cutajar, Gennaro D’amato, Rafaele De Palma, Giuseppe Del Pozzo, Fabrizio Della Torre, Pantalea Delle Donne, Fabio Di Claudio, Elisabetta Di Leo, Gabriele Di Lorenzo, Giuseppe Di Marco, Paola Di Rocco Cesinaro, Maria Distaso, Vito Ditta, Francesca Emiliani, Giuseppe Ermini, Susanna Facchetti, Alessandro Farsi, Elisabetta Favero, Ilenia Folletti, Maurizio Franchini, Enrico Gammeri, Sebastiano Gangemi, Federica Gani, Domenico Gargano, Francesco Giannoccaro, Giuseppina Giro, Dario Gracefa, Giacomo Greco, Gabriella Guarnieri, Antonino Ingrassia, Rossella Intravaia, Loredana Iorno, Simona La Piana, Luigi La Rosa, Rocco Laddaga, Carlo Lamanna, Massimo Landi, Luigi Leonetti, Stefania Leto Barone, Gennaro Liccardi, Fabio Lodi-Rizzini, Laura Losappio, Giacomo Lucivero, Donatella Macchia, Francesco Madonna, Enrico Mafezzoni, Vincenzo Mancuso, Roberto Manetti, Giacomo Manfredi, Silvia Manzoni, Maria Marcotulli, Fulvia Marengo, Gianna Maria D’ippolito, Simonetta Masieri, Andrea Matucci, Marina Mauro, Antonietta Melchiorre, Francesco Menzella, Corrado Micucci, Sabrina Mietta, Manlio Milanese, Stefano Minetti, Ambra Modiano, Stella Modica, Marcello Moinaghi, Michela Mondino, Maria Marcotulli, Giorgio Munno, Lionello Muratore, Francesco Murzilli, Rosalba Natoli, Franco Nebiolo, Eustachio Nettis, Elisa Olivieri, Alessandro Pannofno, Mauro Parpanesi, Vincenzo Patella, Angelica Petraroli, Silvia Peveri, Marta Piantanida, Maria Pietrafesa, Elena Pinter, Stefano Pizzimenti, Luana Pompilio, Valeria Porcaro, Paolo Prandini, Valerio Pravettoni, Salvatore Pugliese, Carlo Quarta, Cristina Quecchia, Oliviero Quercia, Roberto Quilleri, Alberto Raie, Salvatore Randazzo, Erminia Ridolo, Giovanni Rolla, Antonino Romano, Federica Rota, Marina Russello, Annalisa Santucci, Eleonora Savi, Giovanna Scarantino, Sergio Scarpa, Domenico Schiavino, Angelo Rito Sciacca, Paolo Serra, Maurizio Severino, Alberto Sirena, Giuseppe Spadaro, Francesca Spina, Mario Sugamiele, Giordano Taddeo, Maria Teresa Ventura, Sergio Testi, Enrico Tombetti, Cinzia Tosoni, Massimo Triggiani, Salvatore Tripodi, Elisabetta Vallerani, Arnoldo Vargiu, Attilio Varricchio, Marcello Zambito, Mario Zanforlin, Giovanna Zanoni

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Abstract

Background: Allergic rhinitis (AR) has high prevalence and substantial socio-economic burden.

Material/Methods: The study included 35 Italian Centers recruiting an overall number of 3383 adult patients with rhinitis (48% males, 52% females, mean age 29.1, range 18–45 years). For each patient, the attending physician had to fill in a standardized questionnaire, covering, in particular, some issues such as the ARIA classification of allergic rhinitis (AR), the results of skin prick test (SPT), the kind of treatment, the response to treatment, and the satisfaction with treatment.

Results: Out of the 3383 patients with rhinitis, 2788 (82.4%) had AR: 311 (11.5%) had a mild intermittent, 229 (8.8%) a mild persistent, 636 (23.5%) a moderate-severe intermittent, and 1518 (56.1%) a moderate-severe persistent form. The most frequently used drugs were oral antihistamines (77.1%) and topical corticosteroids (60.8%). The response to treatment was judged as excellent in 12.2%, good in 41.3%, fair in 31.2%, poor in 14.5%, and very bad in 0.8% of subjects. The rate of treatment dissatisfaction was significantly higher in patients with moderate-to-severe AR than in patients with mild AR (p

Conclusions: These fndings confirm the appropriateness of ARIA guidelines in classifying the AR patients and the association of severe symptoms with unsuccessful drug treatment. The optimal targeting of patients to be treated with AIT needs to be reassessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2151-2156
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Science Monitor
Volume20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2014

Keywords

  • Administration
  • Allergic
  • Desensitization
  • Immunologic
  • Patient compliance
  • Rhinitis
  • Seasonal
  • Sublingual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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