Allergic rhinitis - top articles in June 2012

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

Prevalence of allergy in marathon runners is similar to elite athletes, and higher than the general population.

Otitis media with effusion is associated with allergic rhinitis caused by allergic inflammation but not mechanical nasal mucosal swelling. These findings warrant an increased awareness of otitis media with effusion in children with allergic rhinitis.

The effect of parental allergy on childhood allergic diseases depends on the gender of the child. Maternal allergy increases the risk in girls and paternal allergy increases the risk in boys.

The future of research in pediatric allergy: What should the focus be? (full text)

New allergy medications and drug affordability advice

Patients consulting for allergic rhinitis prefer a nasal spray above oral treatment - Fear for side effects is reported by many and is distributed as follows:

- nasal corticosteroids 48%
- oral antihistamines 33%
- leucotriene antagonists 21%
- immunotherapy

No relation between rhinitis and nasal NO levels - nasal NO has a limited value in monitoring upper airway inflammation

The united allergic airway: Connections between allergic rhinitis, asthma, and chronic sinusitis (free full text)

The articles were selected from my Twitter and Google Reader streams. 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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