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Program Detail

Release Date: November-01-07
Credit Expiration Date: November-01-08


Todd A. Mahr, MD
Director, Pediatric Allergy
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Mary Lou Hayden, RN, MS, FNP-C, AE-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Virginia
Asthma and Allergy Nurse Practitioner
Virginia Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Richmond, Virginia

Credit Hours



Podcast (MP3 & PDF)

Program Description


A Continuing Education activity from symposium presented at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22nd National Conference June 20-24, 2007.

This is part 2 of a 2 part series.

Up to 40% of Americans suffer from some form of allergic rhinitis, a syndrome often characterized by a collection of symptoms that include sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal itching, and rhinorrhea. When poorly controlled, the condition is often associated with other comorbidities, such as asthma and sinusitis. Even though people spend billions of dollars annually on physician visits, prescription medications, and over-the-counter medications to remedy their symptoms, only a quarter of those patients feel that their symptoms are well controlled. This presentation will help nurse practitioners appropriately treat allergic rhinitis.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

This program is designed for nurse practitioners caring for patients with allergic rhinitis.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the participant should be able to:

  1. List the three components of allergic rhinitis management.
  2. Explain techniques and interventions that can be used to help patients avoid allergens.
  3. List the pharmacotherapeutic agents available for the treatment of allergic rhinitis.


It is AANP's goal to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. To meet this goal, both real and/or potential conflicts of interest must be considered during the development of a continuing educational activity. All individuals having control over the development of an activity’s content and all faculties participating in AANP programs are expected to disclose any relationships they may have with commercial companies whose products or services may be mentioned. Potential learners will be informed of all disclosed relationships. The following are all disclosures for this CE program:

Mary Lou Hayden, RN, MS, FNP, APRN, AE-C discloses that she is a member of speakers' bureaus for Schering-Plough, Genentech, and AstraZeneca, and advisory committees for Genentech, sanofi-aventis, and AstraZeneca.

Todd A. Mahr, MD discloses that he has received honoraria, consultant fees, and research support, and is a member of speakers' bureaus for GlaxoSmithKline, Alcon Laboratories, Genentech, Merck, Novartis, Schering-Plough, sanofi-aventis, and Verus Pharmaceuticals.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents for the treatment of allergic rhinitis. The FDA may not have approved some uses of these agents. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Credit Statements

This program is approved for .25 contact hour of continuing education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID #: 0709437.

Release Date: 11/1/07 Expiration Date: 11/1/08.

Commercial Support Statements

Supported by an educational grant from Schering-Plough logo.


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  4. Download or play the audio file by clicking on the appropriate button. Instructions for utilizing this program on a portable MP3 player such as an iPod can be found on this page. The program will take approximately 16 minutes to complete.
  5. After listening to the audio, go to to complete the post-test and program evaluation. You will be able to print a certificate if you successfully answer at least 70% of the test items.

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© 2007 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
None of the contents may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. The opinions expressed in this activity are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, or Schering Plough. Any medications or other diagnostic or treatment procedures discussed by the program speakers should not be utilized by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’’ conditions and possible contraindications or risks, and without a review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information and comparison with the recommendations of other authorities.

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