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Table 3 Nasal and ocular symptom burden of patients with mild and moderate/severe AR on the day of assessment

From: The hidden burden of adult allergic rhinitis: UK healthcare resource utilisation survey

Symptom Symptom severity SAR severity P value
Mild (n = 254) Moderate/severe (n = 746)
Nasal symptoms of the rTNSS
Nasal itch, n (%) None 63 (24.8) 87 (11.7) <0.001
Mild 128 (50.4) 298 (39.9) 0.004
Moderate 54 (21.3) 283 (37.9) <0.001
Severe 9 (3.5) 78 (10.5) 0.001
Nasal congestion, n (%) None 67 (26.4) 61 (8.2) <0.001
Mild 102 (40.2) 226 (30.3) 0.004
Moderate 67 (26.4) 312 (41.8) <0.001
Severe 18 (7.1) 147 (19.7) <0.001
Rhinorrhea, n (%) None 82 (32.3) 111 (14.9) <0.001
Mild 102 (40.2) 241 (32.3) 0.023
Moderate 56 (22.0) 279 (37.4) <0.001
Severe 14 (5.5) 115 (15.4) <0.001
Sneezing, n (%) None 55 (21.7) 68 (9.1) <0.001
Mild 108 (42.5) 256 (34.3) 0.019
Moderate 75 (29.5) 281 (37.7) 0.019
Severe 16 (6.3) 141 (18.9) <0.001
Ocular symptoms of the rTOSS
Ocular itch, n (%) None 51 (20.1) 97 (13.0) 0.006
Mild 102 (40.2) 206 (27.6) <0.001
Moderate 74 (29.1) 276 (37.0) 0.023
Severe 27 (10.6) 167 (22.4) <0.001
Ocular watering, n (%) None 70 (27.6) 154 (20.6) 0.022
Mild 102 (40.2) 220 (29.5) 0.002
Moderate 64 (25.2) 239 (32.0) 0.040
Severe 18 (7.1) 133 (17.8) <0.001
Ocular redness, n (%) None 91 (35.8) 183 (24.5) <0.001
Mild 106 (41.7) 316 (42.4) 0.861
Moderate 51 (20.1) 209 (28.0) 0.013
Severe 6 (2.4) 38 (5.1) 0.067
  1. SAR severity: paricipants with moderate/severe AR were defined as those who scored a rTNSS ≥8 out of 12, including a congestion score ≥2/3, when describing their ‘worst symptoms’. Participants with mild AR included all remaining patients
  2. Symptom severity: Assessed by individual symptom scores of the rTNSS and rTOSS; 0 = none, 1 = mild, 2 = moderate, 3 = severe
  3. SAR seasonal allergic rhinitis, rTNSS reflective total nasal symptom score, rTOSS reflective total ocular symptom score