Al­lergy rise linked to pas­sive smok­ing

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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.

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