Handling congestion-related sleep disturbances in allergic rhinitis

Faina Gurevich, Casey Glass, Kathleen Hughes, Michael Ripchinski, Sujani Kakumanu, Erik Lehman, Timothy J. Craig

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Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common chronic condition that causes considerable discomfort. In addition to the usual symptoms of AR, patients may experience sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue that can impair daily performance and overall quality of life. These sleep problems may be the result of chronic nasal congestion; in fact, the upper airway obstruction may lead to sleep-disordered breathing. Treatment of AR should focus on reducing nasal congestion. An antihistamine, used alone or in combination with intranasal corticosteroids, is effective in reducing symptoms of mild to moderate AR and in improving sleep quality. Intranasal corticosteroids are considered the most effective agents in alleviating symptoms of perennial and seasonal AR and have been shown to reduce nasal congestion, improve sleep quality, and decrease daytime fatigue and sleepiness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-184
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Respiratory Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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