Serena Buttafava

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BACKGROUND Allergic rhinitis is characterized by eosinophil inflammation. Allergic inflammation may induce susceptibility to respiratory infections (RI). House dust mite (HDM) sensitization is very frequent in childhood. Allergen immunotherapy may cure allergy as it restores a physiologic immune and clinical tolerance to allergen and exerts(More)
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is characterized by typical symptoms that are dependent on inflammation. Poly-allergy is a frequent phenomenon. Phenotyping AR represents an up-to-date issue. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the number of allergies is able to define different phenotypes in patients with AR. 83 patients (43 males, mean age 34.7 years)(More)
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a relevant risk factor for the development of asthma in children. We recruited a cohort of 104 children with AR and re-evaluated them after 5 years. We considered the ARIA classification. All patients, who had moderate to severe persistent AR at baseline, developed asthma symptoms. These results strongly indicate that the severity(More)
BACKGROUND Identifying allergic rhinitis requires allergy testing, but the first-line referral for rhinitis are usually primary care physicians (PCP), who are not familiar with such tests. The availability of easy and simple tests to be used by PCP to suggest allergy should be very useful. METHODS The Respiratory Allergy Prediction (RAP) test, based on 9(More)
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is characterized by IgE-mediated reactivity that leads to inflammation of the nasal mucosa by a typical cellular pattern consisting of eosinophils, lymphocytes, and mast cells. Several allergens can cause AR, although pollens are the most common source. Each type of pollen has a specific pollination season and biological properties(More)
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