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80th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

20.05. - 24.05.2009, Rostock

Phototherapy for allergic rhinitis – our experience

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  • corresponding author Katya Assenova - ENT Clinic, Military Medical Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Stefan Stoyanov - ENT Clinic, Medical Institute, MI, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Hristo Zlatanov - ENT Clinic, Military Medical Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie. 80. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie. Rostock, 20.-24.05.2009. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2009. Doc09hnod323

DOI: 10.3205/09hnod323, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-09hnod3237

Published: April 17, 2009

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Introduction: Allergic rhinitis is a very common disease with increasing social and economic impact. Medical therapy is expensive, not always effective and has significant side effects. The only ethological treatment: allergen avoidance is often impossible.

Aim: To share our first impressions from broadband intranasal phototherapy.

Material and methods: We studied 37 cases with intermittent or persistent allergic rhinitis, which underwent intranasal phototherapy at the Medical Institute of the Ministry of Interior or Military Medical Academy, Sofia with pre- and post-treatment nasal endoscopy and acoustic rhinometry. VAS was used for subjective assessment of the patients.

Results: In all cases we found objective and subjective improvement (in nasal scores, endoscopic and acoustic rhinometry indicators).

Conclusions: Broadband intranasal phototherapy seems to be an effective method for treatment of allergic rhinitis. It can be indispensable, especially in cases with contraindications for drug application.