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The everyday and the soon to be everyday

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 12 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:0

This journal deals with the everyday and the soon to be everyday. Almost nothing is more everyday than allergic rhinitis. Its prevalence has doubled in the past 30 years, and it affects 40% of people in Tasmania. How best to treat it? Non-systematic reviews give conflicting advice, so a group from Melbourne conducted a systematic review of treatment with intranasal corticosteroids versus oral antihistamines (p 1624). Intranasal steroids are effective, safer, and more cost effective. They gave greater relief of nasal discharge, sneezing, …

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