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AR is characterized by 1 or more of the following symptoms: nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sneezing, and itching.
Because pharmacists are often asked to make OTC recommendations for AR relief, they must be aware of the prevalence, etiologies, and manifestations of AR, and approaches to its treatment.
PERENNIAL VERSUS SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS Perennial AR occurs year-round regardless of season and is triggered by aeroallergens such as dog/cat dander, dust mite residue, cosmetics, cockroaches, and mold.
INTRODUCTION With allergy season upon us, people will be seeking an OTC product for allergy symptom relief, and pharmacists will be making recommendations based on individual patients’ needs (eg, fast working, nonsedating, and long lasting).
Allergies often manifest after several seasonal exposures to the same set of pollens or potential allergens.
While an individual’s response to allergens varies, OTC therapies can offer an effective initial approach to treatment, should allergen avoidance be difficult or impractical.