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It's that time of year again. Seasonal allergic rhinitis

Janet Rimmer

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Abstract

Seasonal allergic rhinitis is a common condition affecting up to one in five Australians and more than half of these will have moderate-to-severe symptoms. Good management is crucial to improve quality of life.

Key Points

  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis is a common disease affecting up to 20% of people in Australia.
  • Most people who experience seasonal allergic rhinitis have moderate-to-severe disease, including symptoms that affect their quality of life.
  • Most patients seek medical advice through their pharmacy or GP.
  • Many patients self-medicate and treatment is suboptimal.
  • In the community, many misconceptions remain about the use of intranasal corticosteroid medications.

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