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Background: Chronic rhinitis is a common disease which impacts the quality of life. The symptom of diseases could be controlled after treatment. However, the difference in the quality of life and symptoms after 3 months of treatment is not documented.
Objective: To compare the quality of life in chronic rhinitis patients before and at 3 months after treatment.
Methods: Prospective study in new cases of chronic rhinitis patients at adult allergy clinic, Ramathibodi Hospital, from August 2017 to March 2018. Assessment of quality of life and nasal symptoms was performed by using the short form 36 health survey questionnaire (SF36) and the rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaires (RCQ36). Descriptive statistic, t test, and Wilcoxon signed rank test were applied in the data analysis.
Results: Of 127 patients, 65.4% were female. Chronic rhinitis was classified as allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis, and unspecified rhinitis in 72.4%, 18.9%, and 8.7%, respectively. The result of the study showed that there was statistically significant improvement in the quality of life (SF36 and RCQ36 ) and the decrease of nasal and other symptoms score after 3 months of period treatment in chronic rhinitis patients (P < .05).
Conclusions: The improvement in the quality of life (SF36 and RCQ36) and the decrease in nasal and other symptoms were documented after 3 months of treatment in chronic rhinitis patients.
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