Specific immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis in Italy: The patients' points of view

M. Larosa, G. Ciprandi, C. F. Tesi, G. Cadario, A. Fiocchi, F. Frati, A. Romano

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Abstract

Specific immunotherapy (SIT) is the unique causal treatment for allergy, but its use is quite limited. A perspective, cross-sectional telephone interview survey was carried out in Italy to evaluate the characteristics of 500 patients with allergic rhinitis (250 of whom treated with SIT). Relevant differences were found concerning therapeutic management of allergic rhinitis, mainly regarding the use of drugs and co-morbidities. The allergist is the most important consultant who prescribes SIT. This study therefore provides evidence that the course of allergic rhinitis may depend on the therapy prescribed by and the level of allergy awareness of the physician.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
Volume22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Doctors
  • Educational level
  • Patients
  • Prescription
  • Specific immunotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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