Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common chronic conditions in the US, surpassing even heart disease. Over $1 billion is spent annually for over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. In addition, allergic rhinitis causes an estimated annual loss of $639 million related to lost work days and diminished work performance.
If not effectively treated, allergic rhinitis may lead to potential complications such as otitis media, sinusitis, facial and dental abnormalities, hearing loss, poor speech development, and recurrent upper respiratory tract infections. Ineffective treatment often the result of intentional or unintentional noncompliance and inadequate patient education. Therefore, it is imperative that the clinician effectively educate the patient and tailor the treatment regimen so it enhances compliant behavior.
This article was originally published in Internal Medicine, 1997, Volume 32.
Wofford, Beth and Zeitlin, Deborah S., "Enhancing Compliance with Allergic Rhinitis Therapy" (1997). Scholarship and Professional Work – COPHS. 184.