United airway disease: Allergic rhinitis and asthma

United Airway Disease (UAD) is a term used for the combination of two well-known diseases, allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma. Until recently, these two diseases were treated separately, but now there is an increasing awareness that these two entities are manifestation of the same disease affecting two parts of the same airway. Anatomically, nasal and respiratory mucosas are in continuity. 70% of asthmatic patients have allergic rhinitis, and 30% of allergic rhinitis patients develop asthma at some point during the disease.
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Key Point: Allergic rhinitis and asthma go hand-in-hand. If a patient comes to us with one condition, we should actively look for the other. Treating the co-existing asthma or allergic rhinitis improves the quality of life of the patient.

Allergic diseases increase as a country becomes more developed. India is developing fast, and allergic diseases are increasing at an alarming rate. This phenomenon is partially explained by the hygiene hypothesis, which states that the lack of early childhood exposure to common childhood infections, symbiotic organisms, and parasites leads to an increased susceptibility to allergic ...

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