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Allergic rhinitis cases rise 43% in four years

The prevalence of allergic rhinitis in the UK has ‘increased significantly' over recent years, according to new research based on primary care records.

The number of people with at least one recorded diagnosis of allergic rhinitis in their lifetime rose by 43.2% between 2001 and 2005. Prescriptions for antihistamines rose by 45.5% and those for nasal allergy drugs increased by 35.5%.

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox, director of the QRESEARCH database and a study author, called for the data to be ‘taken seriously and acted on'. The research is published in the September issues of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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