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20-City Zagat Survey(R) Guide Spotlights Outdoor Destinations and Offers Allergy Management Tips

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 General News J E 4
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ATLANTA, March 11 A special-edition Zagat Survey(R) guide,launched today, offers people with seasonal and year-round allergies aninsider's view of the most exciting outdoor destinations in 20 US cities --and tips on how to manage their allergy symptoms so they can enjoy beingoutside. The free guide, available at http://www.outandaboutwithallergies.com,features reviews of popular and off-the-beaten-path outdoor destinations inAtlanta. The Atlanta metropolitan area is ranked as the tenth mostchallenging place to live with spring allergies according to the most recentSpring Allergy Capitals Survey.

Zagat Survey(R), the leading publisher of consumer-based leisure content,and GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the allergy medication Veramyst(TM) (fluticasonefuroate) Nasal Spray, created Out & About with Allergies: An Insider's Guideto Enjoying the City. Actor and allergy sufferer James Denton of DesperateHousewives is helping introduce the guide in order to bring attention toseasonal allergies and to encourage other allergy sufferers to manage theirsymptoms so that they can better enjoy outdoor experiences.

"I suffer with seasonal allergies, so I know how important it is to managemy symptoms," Denton said. "And for people like me who love the outdoors,this special-edition Zagat Guide introduces new places you can really enjoywhen your allergy symptoms are under control."

The guide covers chic restaurants with outdoor dining and rooftop bars aswell as secluded gardens and walking paths in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago,Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami,New Orleans, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Scottsdale, SaltLake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. Out & Aboutwith Allergies also features useful tips for managing seasonal and year-roundallergy symptoms.

"People with allergies may feel miserable, particularly if they experiencemultiple symptoms that persist for weeks to a few months," said Mark Mehle,M.D., clinical assistant professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities Collegeof Medicine. "Allergy symptoms -- stuffy nose and red, itchy watery eyes --may cause people to avoid the outdoors just when the weather is at its best."

About Nasal Allergies

One of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S., nasal allergies,also known as allergic rhinitis, affect up to 40 million people annually,including 10 to 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children.

Nasal allergies refer to inflammation of the lining of the nose.Inflammation can be caused by allergies to pollen, animal dander, house dustmite or mold spores. People with nasal allergies tend to have stuffy, runny,and itchy noses, may sneeze a lot, or have red, itchy, watery eyes. Somepeople with nasal allergies suffer from seasonal allergies (or hay fever),while others have year-round allergies. Seasonal allergies are usuallytriggered by pollens, and as the name implies, occur during certain seasonsand last a few weeks to a few months. Year-round allergy symptoms aretriggered by dust mites, animal dander or mold.

About Veramyst

Veramyst Nasal Spray treats seasonal and year-round nasal allergy symptomsin adults and children 2 years and older.

For seasonal allergies, Veramyst helps patients twelve years and oldertreat multiple symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, itchy or runny nose,and red, itchy and watery eyes with one medicine. For year-round allergies,Veramyst treats only nasal symptoms, including sneezing, congestion and itchyand runny nose.

For patients twelve years and older with seasonal allergies, Veramyst hasalso demonstrated improvement in overall allergy-related quality of life.However, for patients with year-round allergies, similar benefit has not beenestablished.

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