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Quality of life improvement after a three-year course of sublingual immunotherapy in patients with house dust mite and grass pollen induced allergic rhinitis: results from real-life

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Title
Quality of life improvement after a three-year course of sublingual immunotherapy in patients with house dust mite and grass pollen induced allergic rhinitis: results from real-life
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Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, September 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12955-017-0764-z
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Silviya Mihaylova Novakova, Maria Toncheva Staevska, Plamena Ivanova Novakova, Manuela Dimitrova Yoncheva, Maria Stoykova Bratoycheva, Nina Mihaylova Musurlieva, Valeri Dimitrov Tzekov, Dimitar Georgiev Nicolov

Abstract

Along with its high prevalence, the burden of allergic rhinitis rests upon the serious impact on quality of life of patients. Allergic rhinitis is associated with impairments in daily activities, work and school performance, and practical problems. Patients suffer from sleep disorders and emotional problems. Тhe advantages of sublingual immunotherapy on quality of life have only recently begun to emerge. The objective of this prospective real-life study was to evaluate the effect of a three-year course of sublingual immunotherapy with house dust mite (HDM) and grass pollen extracts on quality of life in adults with allergic rhinitis. A total number of 191 adult patients [105 (54,979%) men; mean age 27.3 years (SD-6.14)] with moderate to severe allergic rhinitis and clinically relevant sensitization to house dust mites or grass pollen were prospectively evaluated in the course of management of their disease. Health-related quality of life was assessed by Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire at baseline and after three-year course of sublingual immunotherapy. The mean overall Qol score assessed at baseline and at the end of the third year of treatment decreased significantly in patients treated with HDM extract (from 2.95 to 0.76) as well as with Grass pollen extract (from 2.83 to 1.22) (р < 0.001). The improvements in treated with HDM extract were as followed: activities - 3.52 to 0.68; sleep- 2.48 to 0.31; general problems - 1.79 to 0.49; practical problems - 3.57 to 0.68; nasal symptoms - 3.91 to 0.74; eye symptoms - 2.92 to 0.39; emotions - 3.03 to 0.39. The improvements in grass pollen group were: activities - 3.68 to 1.69; sleep- 1.85 to 0.84; general problems - 1.74 to 0.97; practical problems - 3.52 to 1.37; nasal symptoms - 3.72 to 1.57; eye symptoms - 3.58 to 1.3; emotions - 2.48 to 1.19. Our study conducted in real life provided evidence that a three-year course of SLIT with HDM extract as well as with grass pollen extract significantly increased QoL in patients with allergic rhinitis.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 8 20%
Student > Bachelor 5 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 5%
Lecturer 1 3%
Other 5 13%
Unknown 14 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 16 40%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 5%
Social Sciences 2 5%
Psychology 2 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 3%
Other 3 8%
Unknown 14 35%

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