The National Asthma Council Australia has launched a new Allergic Rhinitis Treatments Chart for pharmacists in time for the return of the winter flu season.
The downloadable chart outlines the main intranasal treatment options for allergic rhinitis and can be displayed to help pharmacists explain the range and types of treatments currently available to patients. It includes prescription only, pharmacy only and non-prescription products.
National Asthma Council Australia spokesperson and pharmacist, Dr Jenny Gowan said seasonal viral respiratory infections are among the most common triggers for asthma flare-ups, including potentially serious acute asthma, in adults and children.
“The flu season in Australia is usually June to September and peaks in August and with the COVID-19 virus still circulating, it is more important than ever for patients to maintain good asthma control.
“Colds and flus can hit hardest in seniors, so it is essential that respiratory conditions for people over 65 with asthma are well managed and not letting viruses trigger their symptoms this winter,” said Dr Gowan.
The National Asthma Council Australia has also provided a handy winter asthma checklist to help ensure patients with asthma are in the best possible shape for winter including:
“It is also timely to remind patients with asthma that they don’t need to wait until they have the COVID-19 vaccine to get the flu vaccine and the recommended interval between a dose of seasonal influenza vaccine and a dose of COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr Gowan said.
Pharmacists can download and print the Allergic Rhinitis Treatments chart here: Allergic Rhinitis Treatments Chart
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