An overview of anti-allergic drug therapy and the histamine-1 antihistamines

Natalie Schellack, Gustave Schellack, Mia Janse Van Rensburg

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© 2014 The Author(s). Allergic disease decreases the daily quality of life of many people, and can increase the number of working days lost owing to sick leave. Associated symptoms with allergic disease depend on the origin of the disease, and can either be allergic, non-allergic and purulent, or can cause rhinitis as a result of a common cold. Treatment depends on the origin of the rhinitis. However, an antihistamine is indicated in most instances. Combination treatment includes sympathomimetic drugs (either local or systemic) and corticosteroid medication (when indicated, and in most instances, used locally). The article provides an overview of the nature and the management of allergic disease and the histamine 1 antihistamines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalSouth African Family Practice
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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