AR is a common allergic disease that affects a patient’s quality of life. Another significant illness that harms the quality of life is FM. Some studies have suggested that a probable relationship exists between atopic diseases and FM.

Researchers designed this study to determine the prevalence of FM and its impact on AR patients’ quality of life.

One hundred five consecutive adult patients with AR who were between 18 and 57 years old were prospectively recruited in this study. All patients were evaluated for the presence of FM. Patients were diagnosed with FM according to the classification criteria of the 2010 American College of Rheumatology. The patients’ quality of life was evaluated by Turkish versions of the Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire and the NHP.

Researchers diagnosed thirty-four patients as having FM. The percentage of FM was considerably higher than in the general population. All median levels of the NHP domains were substantially higher in AR with FM patients.

The study suggested that FM may be considered as one of the overlooked comorbid conditions in AR patients. Physicians should be aware of the occurrence of FM, especially in patients with low quality of life.