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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 465-468

Treatment of allergic rhinitis with probiotics: An alternative approach


1 Shenzhen ENT Hospital, Shenzhen ENT Institute, Longgang Central Hospital, Shenzhen, China
2 Allergy and Immunology Institute, Shenzhen University School of Medicine, Shenzhen, China

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Ping-Chang Yang
Room T3303, 50 Charlton Ave East, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 4A6

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Source of Support: This study was supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR # 191063, #220058) and Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (#371268). P-CY holds a New Investigator Award from CIHR (#177843), Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.117299

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Allergic rhinitis is a skewed immune reaction to common antigens in the nasal mucosa; current therapy is not satisfactory and can cause a variety of complications. In recent decades, the incidence of allergic rhinitis is increasing every year. Published studies indicate that probiotics are beneficial in treating allergic rhinitis. This review aims to help in understanding the role of probiotics in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. We referred to the PubMed database as data source. This review focuses on the following aspects: The types of probiotics using in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, approaches of administration, its safety, mechanisms of action, treating results, and the perspectives to improve effectiveness of probiotics in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. This review reports the recent findings regarding the role of probiotics in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Probiotics are a useful therapeutic remedy in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, but its underlying mechanisms remain to be further investigated.


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