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How do you approach treatment for allergic rhinitis?

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Key points

  • Environmental changes influence pollen seasons
  • Rhinitis can be classified as allergic or non-allergic
  • Symptoms are debilitating and limit activity
  • Treatment should be started promptly
  • Rhinitis and asthma often coexist

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