Recent weather conditions mean that this year is set to be especially difficult for people with allergic rhinitis.
The early spring cold weather held the early pollen count low during March. But the warm weather that has followed during April and May has resulted in an increased amount of pollen. This is likely to be causing misery for anyone with hay fever or asthma.
Allergic rhinitis is a common problem in the UK, affecting approximately 20% of the population, with 80% of people with asthma having nasal symptoms as well as asthma. Many of these patients are likely to be contacting you for help with their symptoms.
Use these resources to update your knowledge:
- An article by Steph Wolfe on Getting the Basics Right on the diagnosis and treatment of allergic rhinitis.
- A Primary Care Respiratory Academy module on the diagnosis and management of respiratory allergies in primary care.
- Attend a Primary Care Respiratory Academy roadshow in your area. Each event features a workshop on the latest guidance in managing allergic rhinitis.