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Dr. Berrylin Ferguson discusses practices for best care of allergies and sinusitis.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Formulate a logical management plan for patients with allergic rhintis(AR) or Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) according to available evidence-based clinical guidelines using the Rational patient Experiment(RPE)
  • Describe the side effects and onset of action of medicaitons commonly used in treating nasal symptoms of allergy and CR
  • Discuss the connection between upper airway dysfunction and asthma exacerbation

Reading Resources:

  1. Ferguson BJ, otto BA, Pant H. When surgery, antibiotics and steriods fail to resolve chronic rhinosinusitis. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2009 Nov:29(4):719-32. Review.
  2. Marple BF, Stankiewicz JA, Baroody FM, Chow JM, Conley DB, Corey JP, Feruson BJ, Kern RC, Lusk RP, Naclerio RM, Orlandi RR, Parker MJ; American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Working Group on Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Diagnosis and management of chronic rhinosinusitis in adults. Postgrad Med. 2009 Nov;121(6):121-39. Review.
  3. Benninger M, Farrar JR, Blaiss M, Chipps B, Ferguson B, Krouse J, Marple B, Storms W, Kaliner M. Evaluating approved medications to treat allergic thinitis in the United States: an evidence-based review of efficacy for nasal symptoms by class. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2010 jan;104:13-29.
  4. Stewart M, Ferguson BJ, Former L. Epidemiology and burden of nasal congestion. Int J Gen Med. 2010 Apr 8;3:37-45.
  5. Woodbury k, Ferguson BJ: Physical Findings in Allergy. Otolaryngol Clin North AM. 2011 June;44(3):603-10.
  6. Ferguson BJ, Naria M, Yu VL, Wagener MM, Gwaltney JM. Prospective observational study of chronic rhinosinusitis: Environmental triggers and antibiotic implications. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Jan;54(1):62-8.


Dr. Ferguson has finacial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: MEDA, Merck, Sunovion, Teva
  • CE Speakers' Bureau: Intergrity

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hour.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 10/16/2012 | Last Modified On: 4/22/2014 | Expires: 4/22/2015

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