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  Authority of Polish Society of Allergology

vol 19. no 2. June 2014  

 Original articles
Prevalence of ocular allergy in allergic patients
Ewa Bogacka, Marita Nittner-Marszalska, Anna Groblewska, Iwona Sak, Jolanta Hołda, Ryszard Kurzawa

In comparison with other allergic diseases the prevalence of ocular allergies
has not been thoroughly studied. Majority of published studies
concerned the epidemiology of ARC and rhinoconjunctivitis. Polish ECAP
study tried to evaluate the coincidence of ocular allergies with allergic
rhinitis - results show that ophthalmological symptoms occur in 34.4-
52.8% of children and 54.7-69.8% of adults suffering from allergic rhinitis.
The aim of our study was to evaluate the frequency of ocular allergy
symptoms in patients treated for other allergies. Questionnaire survey
was conducted among patients treated at three allergy outpatient clinics
(Wroclaw, Rabka and Olesnica) and at two allergy hospital departments
(Wroclaw and Lodz). Analysis of survey results showed that ocular allergy
symptoms were reported by as many as 81.1% of respondents and ocular
itching was the most common of the symptoms (81.2% of respondents).
Ocular allergy symptoms were most frequent in patients suffering from
pollen allergies (58.6%). Four out of five respondents (80%) undergoing
Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy (AIT) confirmed that it also helped alleviate
the concomitant ocular allergy symptoms.

keywords: alergiczne choroby oczu, alergiczne zapalenie spojówek, immunoterapia alergenowa, immunoterapia podjęzykowa,ocular allergy, allergic conjunctivitis, AIT (Allergen Immunotherapy),SLIT (Sublingual Immunotherapy)

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