Fibromyalgia May Be Overlooked Comorbidity in Allergic Rhinitis Patients, Study Suggests

Fibromyalgia May Be Overlooked Comorbidity in Allergic Rhinitis Patients, Study Suggests
People with allergic rhinitis developed fibromyalgia more frequently when compared to the general population, a recent study showed. Findings from the study also indicate that patients with both conditions experience an impaired quality of life compared to patients with either condition alone. The study, “Fibromyalgia in the Patients With Allergic Rhinitis: Its Prevalence and Impact on the Quality of Life,” was published in the journal American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy. Allergic rhinitis (AR), one of the most common allergic diseases, develops because of exposure to allergens, such as pollen. Patients with AR develop chronic inflammation that affects the upper airways, the nose, and the eyes. Many patients with AR have comorbidities — the simultaneous presence of another disease or condition. Common comorbidities in AR patients include asthma, rhinosinusitis, sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. Other comorbidities might be present in these patients, besides these most well-known ones. "One of these conditions could be fibromyalgia (FM). In the literature, there is some evidence regarding the probable relationship between atopic diseases and FM," the authors wrote. In order to better understand the relationship between the two diseases, a group of Turkish researchers conducted a study to determine the prevalence of FM in AR patients and how FM affects the quality of life of these patients. A total of 105 adult patients with AR, ages 18–57, were recruited for the study. All were evaluated for the presence of FM and diagnosed according to the classification criteria of the 2010 American College of Rh
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