Allergy rise linked to passive smoking
Doctors are seeing more cases of children with allergic rhinitis, which is linked to smoking and pollution, according to one hospital. University Hospital Sharjah said that an estimated 36 per cent of children have some form of the condition. The condition can affect sleep quality, lead to poor concentration and performance at school if uncontrolled. Dr Hanan Al Sharif, Consultant Paediatrician at UHS, which has a specialist Allergy Clinic, said the condition is also linked to dust mites in the home. She said: “Environmental factors such as tobacco smoke, pollution and infection may contribute to the development of Allergic Rhinitis.” Al Sharif said a persistant runny nose that does not clear and snoring are among the symptoms. She said a simple skin prick blood test can identify it and that it is treatable.