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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