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Correlation between dyslipidemia and severity of allergic rhinitis

Abstract

Background

Allergic rhinitis is a common problem affecting between 20 and 25% of the population lowering the quality of life (QOL) more than any other disease. Dyslipidemia is known to impact potently the development of atopy as it promotes proatopic Th2 immunity and allergic inflammation.

Objective

The aim was to test the correlation between severity of allergic rhinitis and dyslipidemia.

Materials and methods

A comparative study carried out on 350 allergic rhinitis patients were subjected to full serum lipid assays, visual analog scale assessing their nasal symptoms, and QOL assessment using a seven-point scale.

Results

Patients were divided into two groups (according to their lipid profile): abnormal dyslipidemia group (33%) and normal lipid profile group (67%).

The abnormal dyslipidemia group showed a more intense allergic rhinitis symptoms compared with the normal lipid profile with poor QOL score (1.97).

Conclusion

Dyslipidemia might play an important role in increasing the severity of allergic rhinitis symptoms with impaired patients’ QOL; therefore, its control could achieve better treatment outcomes.

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Ahmed, M.R., Madian, Y.T., El-Tabbakh, M.T. et al. Correlation between dyslipidemia and severity of allergic rhinitis. Egypt J Otolaryngol 34, 111–115 (2018). https://doi.org/10.4103/ejo.ejo_90_17

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Keywords

  • allergy
  • lipid
  • quality of life
  • rhinitis