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Table 2 Key decision points for treatment of allergic rhinitis and urticaria

From: Selecting optimal second-generation antihistamines for allergic rhinitis and urticaria in Asia

Key decision points for treatment Allergic rhinitis Urticaria
Patient profiles and associated symptoms Age
Duration and severity of symptoms
Comorbidities
Concomitant drug use
Family history of atopic diseases
Age
Presence and severity of symptoms
Comorbidities
Concomitant drug use
Key decision points for diagnosis Results from skin prick test
Presence of clinical symptoms
Previous experience with antihistamine
Clinical history
Trigger factors
Previous experience with antihistamines
Key decision points for treatment Severity
Age
Comorbidities
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Disease severity
Patient preference
Comorbidities
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Importance of patient preference Use of non-sedating antihistamines and non- anticholingergic antihistamines with fast onset of action
Affordable antihistamines with no adverse effects and minimal drug-interaction