Journal of Rhinology 2007;14(2):114-121.
Published online November 30, 2007.
Effects of Levocetirizine on Quality of Life in the Patients with Allergic Rhinitis
Hyung Ju Cho, Chang Hoon Kim, Uichol Kim, Young Shin Park, Jun Seong Park, Kyung Soo Kim, Hyung Kwon Byeon, Jung Won Park, Chein Soo Hong, Joo Heon Yoon, Jeung Gweon Lee
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
3College of Business Administration, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.
4College of Education, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.
5Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.
염산레보세티리진 경구투여가 알레르기비염 환자의 삶의 질에 미치는 영향
조형주, 김창훈, 김의철, 박영신, 박준성, 김경수, 변형권, 박중원, 홍천수, 윤주헌, 이정권
연세대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실,1 내과학교실,2 인하대학교 경영학부,3 사범대학 교육학과,4 중앙대학교 심리학과5
Background and Objectives
Allergy is a chronic disorder with undesirable consequences on the quality of life (QoL). The first aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of allergy on the QoL and to show the correlation between symptoms and categories of the QoL. The second purpose is to determine whether treatment with levocetirizine improves the QoL among allergic rhinitis patients.
A total of 412 allergic patients answered the questionnaire and its sensitivity was checked to validate its usefulness in asthma and allergic rhinitis patients. To evaluate the effect of applying levocetirizine for 1 month on the QoL among allergic rhinitis patients, a total of 94 subjects were assessed with the questionnaire and analyzed (paired t-test). To evaluate its effect on the symptoms of allergic rhinitis for the duration of 2 and 4 weeks, a total of 100 subjects were analyzed (repeated ANOVA) with the symptom questionnaire.
Besides the physical symptoms, patients suffered from activity restriction, emotional problems, difficulty in being examined, and dissatisfaction with health status. The correlation between the questionnaire and the QoL was statistically significant. After treatment, the QoL and symptoms, except nasal congestion, were significantly improved.
The questionnaire can be beneficial in assessing the QoL among allergic patients. Treatment with levocetirizine provides improvement in the QoL and lowers the symptoms score among allergic rhinitis patients.
Key Words: Quality of life;Questionnaire;Allergic rhinitis

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