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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 10

of 'Pharmacotherapy of allergic rhinitis'

Japanese guideline for allergic rhinitis.
Okubo K, Kurono Y, Fujieda S, Ogino S, Uchio E, Odajima H, Takenaka H, Baba K, Japanese Society of Allergology
Allergol Int. 2011 Mar;60(2):171-89.
Like asthma and atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis is an allergic disease, but of the three, it is the only type I allergic disease. Allergic rhinitis includes pollinosis, which is intractable and reduces quality of life (QOL) when it becomes severe. A guideline is needed to understand allergic rhinitis and to use this knowledge to develop a treatment plan. In Japan, the first guideline was prepared after a symposium held by the Japanese Society of Allergology in 1993. The current 6th edition was published in 2009, and is widely used today. To incorporate evidence based medicine (EBM) introduced from abroad, the most recent collection of evidence/literature was supplemented to the Practical Guideline for the Management of Allergic Rhinitis in Japan 2009. The revised guideline includes assessment of diagnosis/treatment and prescriptions for children and pregnant women, for broad clinical applications. An evidence-based step-by-step strategy for treatment is also described. In addition, the QOL concept and cost benefit analyses are also addressed. Along with Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact of Asthma (ARIA), this guideline is widely used for various clinical purposes, such as measures for patients with sinusitis, childhood allergic rhinitis, oral allergy syndrome, and anaphylaxis and for pregnant women.
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan. ent−kimi@nms.ac.jp