Rhinitis guidelines revised for first time in a decadeNew guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of rhinitis emphasize the value of new medications and treatment combinations, particularly to identify drugs that are effective in symptom-provoking environments.

Dr. Mark S. Dykewicz, chair of the task force that prepared the guidelines for the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, said, “There are now more data on the positioning of oral antileukotriene agents as well as the intranasal antihistamines.”

The guidelines were last issued in 1998.