Allergic rhinitis - top articles for December 2012

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about allergic rhinitis for December 2012:

Evaluation of a skin test device designed to be less painful - MultiTest PC ("Pain Control")

Clinical efficacy of 300IR 5-grass pollen sublingual tablet: The importance of allergen-specific serum IgE

Sleep-disordered breathing is more common in patients with allergic diseases

Impact of Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms on Quality of Life - ocular symptoms and, to a lesser degree, nasal obstruction

83% of children (younger than 4 yrs) receiving weekly SCIT lose their fear of injections during the treatment course

When do allergy skin test extracts need to be replaced?

Oral steroids do not normally affect allergy prick or intradermal tests.

Immunotherapy to molds - the only two molds which have been studied extensively are Alternaria and Cladosporium

Anaphylactic events due to immunotherapy are probably not completely preventable

Comparison of intranasal azelastine to fluticasone for allergic rhinitis: no significant difference (mostly)

"Tooth lodged in boy's ear, doctors blame tooth fairy" - an allergist solved the mystery

A multicenter, randomized, controlled trial testing the effects of acupuncture on allergic rhinitis: safe and effective

Efficacy of single-allergen-specific immunotherapy in polysensitized subjects is a matter of debate. No difference in efficacy and safety of single-allergen grass AIT was observed between mono- and polysensitized subjects (6 trials). The tablet was allergy immunotherapy tablet (AIT), Grazax (Phleum pratense 75 000 SQ-T/2800 BAU, ALK, Denmark)

A Rhinitis Primer for Family Medicine - from the Kaiser Permanente Journal

The articles were selected from my Twitter stream @Allergy and Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Some of the top allergy accounts on Twitter contributed links. I appreciate the curation provided by @JuanCIvancevich @AllergyNet @IgECPD4 @DrAnneEllis @AACMaven @AllergieVoeding @allergistmommy @mrathkopf @wheezemd.

Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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