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released: 17 Nov 2011 author: AIHW media release

Hay fever is a term commonly used to refer to allergic rhinitis caused by seasonal exposure to pollen. Allergic rhinitis can cause significant irritation and interference in a sufferer's daily activities, considerably reducing their quality of life. It is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions in Australia, affecting around 15% of Australians or 3.1 million people. The amount of money paid by community pharmacies to wholesalers for medications commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis doubled between 2001 ($107.8 million) and 2010 ($226.8 million).

ISBN 978-1-74249-228-5; Cat. no. ACM 23; 50pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
      • Causes and exacerbating factors
      • Prevalence
      • Use of medications
      • Management in hospital
      • Other conditions that commonly occur together with allergic rhinitis
    • Abbreviations
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Relationship to other conditions
      • 1.2 Structure of report
    • 2 What causes and worsens allergic rhinitis?
      • 2.1 Genetic factors
      • 2.2 Age
      • 2.3 Early life factors
      • 2.4 Allergen exposure
      • 2.5 Pollutants
      • 2.6 Occupational exposures
    • 3 Who has allergic rhinitis?
      • 3.1 Age and sex
      • 3.2 Geography
      • 3.3 Country of birth
    • 4 How is allergic rhinitis managed?
      • 4.1 Use of medications for management of allergic rhinitis
      • 4.2 Management of allergic rhinitis in general practice
      • 4.3 Management of allergic rhinitis in hospital
  • End matter
    • Discussion
    • Appendix A: Definitions and data sources for medication data
      • A1 Regulatory control of medication supply
      • A2 Medication data
        • Data extraction for medicines used to manage allergic rhinitis
        • Data items in IMS Health data
      • A3 Defined daily dose as a measure of drug utilisation
    • Glossary
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Allergic rhinitis ('hay fever') in Australia. Cat. no. ACM 23. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 August 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420595>.

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