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Respiratory allergies follow a chronic and progressing disease course. Allergic rhinitis symptoms may worsen over time, especially when left untreated.

Respiratory allergies follow a chronic and progressing disease course. Allergy symptoms may worsen over time, especially when left untreated 1.

Globally, over 400 million people suffer from allergic rhinitis 2.

Allergic rhinitis is often under-diagnosed. From onset of symptoms, a patient may have waited eight years to see a specialist 3.

If left untreated, allergic rhinitis symptoms can increase, leading to a spiral of worsening co-existing conditions 4.

Asthma and allergic rhinitis are estimated to result in more than 100 million lost workdays and missed school days every year 5.

Patients can experience more than 15 days of symptoms in one month 2.

Yet allergy immunotherapy is used in <10% of eligible patients 6.

 

 

1. Bousquet J, et al. Allergy 2008;63(S86):8-160 - Canonica GW, et al. World Allergy Organ J 2008;1:138-44 - Valovirta E. EFA Book on Respiratory Allergies - Raise Awareness, Relieve the Burden. www.efanet.org (Last accessed 3 Aug 2016) -  www.allergyuk.org (Last accessed 11 May 2016)

2. Canonica GW. Etb al. Allergy 2007;62 (suppl. 85) 

3. Valero A. Et al. Am J Rhinol Allergy 2011

4. Hadley JA, et al. Comorbidities and allergic rhinitis: Not just a runny nose. J Fam Pract 2012;61(2):S11-5

5. Moingeon P, et al. Immune mechanisms of allergen-specific sublingual immunotherapy. Allergy 2006;61:151-65

6. Jutel M, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2015;136:556–68

7 Didier A. et al. optimal dose, eff icacy, and safety of once-daily sublingual immunotherapy with a 5-grass pollen tablet for seasonal aller-gic rhinitis. Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007, 120: 1338-1345.

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