Allergic rhinitis is among the most common chronic diseases with over 600 million people affected worldwide. More than 200 million of these have problems with concomitant asthma also. However, allergic rhinitis is normally under-diagnosed and under-treated. Related StoriesSMU and University of Maryland experts awarded NIH grant to fight pediatric asthmaNucala accepted for treatment of asthma patientsMayo Clinic study analyzes asthma outcomes after patients step down daily medicinesProf. They significantly impair patients’ daily quality of life, school and work performance. Moreover, people who have allergic rhinitis have a greater risk to develop asthma and several patients with rhinitis already have asthma as well. Although patients come with a complaint about their nose, asthma too must be checked by the doctor.That’s a mistake, he continues and lists five reasons why global health programs should be spared the chopping block. First, Frist says that [g]lobal wellness initiatives save lives overseas and notes that [PEPFAR] has directly saved an incredible number of lives, put children back in college, and helped rescue entire societies from collapse in the last eight years. Second, these scheduled applications protect U.S. Families by preventing the spread of disease across U.S. Borders, he writes. Third, health programs enhance national protection and fuel the wise power of wellness diplomacy, he says, noting that Kaiser Family Base surveys have repeatedly exposed that more than half the public thinks U.S. Shelling out for wellness in developing countries is helpful for U.S.