Allergic rhinitis and asthma in children: Disease management and outcomes
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- Baena-Cagnani, C.E. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep (2001) 1: 515. doi:10.1007/s11882-001-0060-0
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Antihistamines and inhaled glucocorticoids, which can be targeted toward multiple points in the "allergic cascade" underlying allergic rhinitis and asthma, extend the promise of enhanced outcomes in children with allergic rhinitis, asthma, or both. Antihistamine therapy confers significant relief of subjective ratings of seasonal and perennial allergic symptoms (eg, rhinorrhea, congestion, sneezing, pruritus), whereas topical steroids alleviate such discomfort while also improving objective anatomic and functional indices of nasal patency (eg, nasal peak inspiratory flow). Youngsters with asthma also experience substantial clinical benefits from inhaled steroids, which improve objective measures of pulmonary function and reduce rescue b2-agonists for symptom management and quality-of-life enhancement. This paper reviews recent clinical findings on the role of antihistamines and topical corticosteroids in pediatric allergy and asthma management, as well as the favorable effects of these medications on both objective and subjective health outcomes.