Antihistamines in Rhinitis and Asthma

Part of the Allergy Frontiers book series (ALLERGY, volume 5)

Just several years after the concept “allergy” was coined about a century ago [1], histamine was identified by Sir Henry Dale [2] and subsequently emerged as one of the most important allergy substrates. This marked the onset of a spiral of scientific achievements, which resulted in the development of multiple drug formulations used in the prevention and treatment of allergic disorders and in elucidation of the pleiotropic role histamine plays in health and disease.

Histamine belongs to a group of locally produced tissue hormones (including serotonin and others) referred to as “autacoids.” 1 It plays a vital role in the regulation of the many important functions related to circadian influences, adaptation to environment and stress. Conversely, histamine is intimately implicated in the patho-genesis of allergic diseases, which develop as defective systemic trait of genetically predisposed individuals and may have different organ expressions. Airway allergic morbidity in particular accounts for a lot of individual suffering and disability, and poses a substantial economic burden to society [3, 4]. Therefore, the correct prescription of existing antihistamine products and the development of new and more effective formulations devoid of unwanted effects are two important avenues in the global crusade to control these morbidities affecting millions of people.


Allergic Rhinitis Allergy Clin Immunol Nasal Congestion Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Allergy Asthma Immunol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinic of Allergy and AsthmaAlexander's University HospitalSofiaBulgaria

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