A cross-sectional Prevalence survey of Allergic Rhinitis in Argentina

Daniel Vazquez, Iris Medina, Georgina Logusso, Gabriel Gattolin, Sergio Arias, Claudio Parisi


In Argentina, there are few studies on the prevalence of allergic rhinitis (AR) with diverse data.

Objective: To determine the prevalence of AR in Argentina in a population between 5 and 44 years old using a self-reported symptom questionnaire to evaluate demographic characteristics and socioeconomic variables.

Methods: A national cross-sectional prevalence study to detect self-reported signs and symptoms compatible with AR was conducted. Subjects between 5 and 44 years old from urban areas were included. The information was collected using a validated telephone questionnaire.

Results: 3200 subjects were surveyed: 51.8% were females; age 5-19 y (37.6%) and 20-44 y (62.4%). 22.8% did not have health coverage. Global prevalence of AR symptoms of was 20.5%. Most frequent symptoms were sneezing (58.5%) and nasal congestion (51.4%). Overall, 44.3% of participants had family history of allergy, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, food allergy, drug allergy, insect sting allergy, and atopic dermatitis. AR was more frequent in females.  Regarding the distribution by age, similar percentages of AR prevalence were found among evaluated age groups: 21.1% for 5-12 y, 23.1% for the group aged 12-19 y, and 19.4% for 20-44 y (p=NS); 63.8% of subjects with symptoms of AR had no medical diagnosis.

Conclusions: Findings of this first national cross-sectional survey confirmed a high prevalence of self-reported symptoms of AR in adults and children in Argentina, especially in females. A lower prevalence was found in male adults than in other subgroups. 

Palabras clave

Allergic Rhinitis, Prevalence, Questionnaire, Epidemiology, Children, Adults


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29262/ram.v65i1.543

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