Eosinophil count of patients with allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis and healthy subjects. A Eosinophil counts in peripheral blood 24 h before as well as 7 h and 24 h after bronchial challenge. B Eosinophil counts in the induced sputum 24 h before as well as 7 h and 24 h after bronchial challenge. Data are shown as median (range). AA indicates patients with allergic asthma (n = 18); AR, patients with allergic rhinitis (n = 14); HS, healthy subjects (n = 10). *P < 0.05 compared with healthy subjects; #P < 0.05 compared with baseline values; †P < 0.05 compared with patients with allergic rhinitis.