This section of the Knowledge Centre explores the various diagnostic tools and techniques available, explaining their importance, merits and drawbacks. These include skin and serum IgE tests, patient history questionnaires and differential diagnoses. Click these links, the sections below or just continue scrolling down, the next page will load automatically.
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Diagnosis for allergic rhinitis includes patient history, skin tests - scratch, prick and puncture, intradermal, prick to prick, atopy patch, serum-total and serum-specific IgE tests and testing for asthma following the ARIA guidelines.
An awareness of possible differential diagnoses, such as a deviated septum, vasomotor rhinitis, hypertrophic turbinates, adenoidal hypertrophy, choanal atresia, can help with the identification, treatment and symptom control in patients with AR.