Treatment Guidelines from The Medical Letter
Drugs for Allergic Disorders
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Updated March 2012

Allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, anaphylaxis and asthma (not included here; reviewed in Treatment Guidelines 2012; 10:11) are prevalent worldwide, especially in industrialized countries. Pharmacologic treatment of these disorders continues to improve in efficacy and safety. In addition to using drugs to prevent and control these allergic diseases, patients should be instructed to avoid, if possible, specific allergens and/or environmental conditions that trigger or worsen their symptoms. Allergen-specific immunotherapy may be useful for treatment of allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis, and in preventing severe insect venomtriggered reactions.

ALLERGIC RHINITIS Allergic rhinitis may be seasonal/intermittent or perennial/persistent. H1-antihistamines, the drugs most commonly used to treat this disorder, are more effective ... more      

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