Allergic rhinitis treatment key to asthma control

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Allergic rhinitis treatment key to asthma control

Fri Dec 9, 2005 6:35 PM ET

NEW YORK(Reuters Health) - Good asthma management requires appropriate treatment of persistent stuffy nose or "allergic rhinitis," researchers report in the journal Chest.

"We must treat rhinitis as part of asthma treatment because we can control asthma with a lower dose of inhaled steroid," Dr. Rafael Stelmach from University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil told Reuters Health.

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Reference:
R Stelmach, M do Patrocínio T. Nunes, M Ribeiro, and A Cukier
Effect of Treating Allergic Rhinitis With Corticosteroids in Patients With Mild-to-Moderate Persistent Asthma
Chest, Nov 2005; 128: 3140 - 3147.

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