Al­ler­gic Rhini­tis

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“Ap­prox­i­mately 40 to 50 per cent of chil­dren in Sin­ga­pore suf­fer from al­ler­gic rhini­tis,” ob­serves Prof Goh. This al­ler­gic in­flam­ma­tion of the nasal air­ways is of­ten trig­gered by en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, such as ex­po­sure to dust, haze and cig­a­rette smoke.

“Chil­dren with al­ler­gic rhini­tis usu­ally suf­fer from pro­longed episodes of cough, runny nose, sneez­ing or blocked nose. Some may also snore in their sleep when their nose gets very con­gested,” she says. While there is cur­rently no known cure for al­ler­gic rhini­tis, Prof Goh says that chil­dren may be pre­scribed an­ti­his­tamines or even steroid nasal sprays to help al­le­vi­ate their symptoms.

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