Treat rhinitis in kids with asthma: expert

Asthma control in children who also have allergic rhinitis can be improved by intranasal steroids, an expert says.

Professor Peter van Asperen, head of respiratory medicine at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, said treatment of allergic rhinitis was an important part of overall asthma management in children.

“This should be something doctors should consider in patients with asthma and co-existent allergic rhinitis, particularly those with ongoing issues of poor asthma control,” he said.

The comments followed a study confirming high rates of allergic rhinitis