Prevalence and features of allergic rhinitis in Italy

M. Olivieri, G. Verlato, A. Corsico, V. Lo Cascio, M. Bugiani, A. Marinoni, R. de Marco, R. de Marco, C. Campello, F. Rossi, C. Biasin, A. Cannistrà, B. Cenci, E. Destefani, M. Ferrari, M. Girotto, G. Lampronti, C. Martini, M. Olivieri, A. PoliS. Tardivo, G. Verlato, A. Villani, M. E. Zanolin, A. Marinoni, I. Cerveri, R. Alesina, O. Basso, L. Berrayah, R. Brusotti, F. Fanfulla, P. Moi, M. C. Zoia, C. Bucca, C. Romano, M. Aime, A. Cerutti, F. Chiampo, W. Gallo, G. Rola, F. Sulotto, L. Casali, C. Frati, P. Karytinos, M. Bugiani, W. Arossa, E. Caria, A. Carosso, G. Castiglioni, P. Piccioni

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Background: Italian data on the prevalence of allergic rhinitis are sparse and with wide variations, maybe because of different diagnostic criteria and methods of investigation. This study analyzes the information on rhinitis collected in northern Italy through standardized methods within the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. Methods: A screening questionnaire was sent by mail to a random sample of the general population aged 20-44 years, and nonresponders were contacted again by phone, achieving a final response rate of 86% (6031/7000). Among the responders, 914 randomly selected underwent a standardized clinical interview, skin prick test (SPT) and total and specific immunoglobulin (Ig)E determination. Results: The overall prevalence of self-reported allergic rhinitis was 15.9% (95% CI 15.0-16.8%). Allergic rhinitis was more common in men below 35 years and in women older than that (P=0.006), in urban areas (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-606
Number of pages7
JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Atopy
  • Epidemiology
  • Italy
  • Nasal symptoms
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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