Dr Ebrahim Mahomed presents Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis is a significant disease that adversely affects quality of life. Guidelines for diagnosis and management of allergic rhinitis are simple, yet not widely implemented. In addition, there are nuances in diagnosis and management that may make the treatment of allergic rhinitis very challenging. Education is recommended as a key strategy for management of allergic rhinitis, yet data on patient education in allergic rhinitis is fragmented. Leaflets for education are often inadequate. Educational programs, that include holistic training about allergic rhinitis, are more effective than those focussing on techniques of administration of intra nasal medication only. The central role of allergic and non-allergic triggers is important. TCM is an effective means of prevention and treatment of allergic rhinitis. The use of acupuncture and Herbal formulae augments duration of symptoms and improves recovery time.