80% of asthma patients also suffer from allergic rhinitis

14th August, 2013 | Study by PCRJ

A recent study conducted by Primary Care Respiratory Journal (PCRJ) suggests that allergic rhinitis quadruples the likelihood of asthma patients having poor control over their symptoms, therefore increasing the chance of an asthma attack.

Frequently dismissed by patients and doctors as just a runny nose and itchy eyes, allergic rhinitis poses a serious health risk to the estimated 80% of asthma patients who also suffer from allergic rhinitis.

Despite the high prevalence of asthma and allergic rhinitis, two thirds of asthma patients have not discussed the impact of allergic rhinitis on their asthma with their doctor.

This study shows that smoking has a similar impact to allergic rhinitis on the poor control of asthma. Smoking is universally accepted as a trigger for asthma attacks and routine checks are in place to identify asthma patients who smoke.

Surprisingly, despite international guidelines recommending a combined approach to managing and treating asthma patients with allergic rhinitis, similar checks for allergic rhinitis are not common practice.