Allergic Rhinitis & Immunotherapy: Hope or Hype

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Allergic rhinitis (AR), one of the most familiar complaints seen in primary care, is a common immunologic condition that occurs in genetically predisposed patients. AR is routinely treated through allergen avoidance and pharmacologic therapy. When these measures fail, however, immunologic treatment may be indicated. This review of AR and its treatment focuses on injection and oral immunotherapy.



CE/CME No: CR-1403

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Explain the pathophysiology and etiology of allergic rhinitis (AR).
• Describe the prevalence and types of AR.
• List the differential diagnoses for AR.
• Describe the historical and physical examination findings that are typical
of AR.
• Explain the indications for and types of allergy testing.
• Discuss the types of allergy desensitization therapies/immunotherapies.

Randy D. Danielsen is a Professor and Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, and a long-time PA with the Arizona Asthma & Allergy Institute. Linda S. MacConnell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University, and a formally trained otolaryngology PA.
The authors have no financial disclosures to report.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of March 2014.

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