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ORLANDO -- Anew initiative from the World Health Organization emphasizes that allergic rhinitis and asthma are different components of a single disease process.
Patients with persistent allergic rhinitis should be evaluated for asthma; likewise, those with asthma should be examined for allergic rhinitis, according to presentations at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. A physical exam is suggested at minimum, and some formal evaluation of airflow obstruction before and after use of a bronchodilator is recommended.
In its Initiative on Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA), the World Health Organization …