Always screen asthma patients for allergic rhinitis, especially children

Always screen asthma patients for allergic rhinitis, especially children

   Dr Jessica Tattersall, Allergist and Medical Rhinologist

According to Allergist and Medical Rhinologist, Dr Jessica Tattersall, up to 80% of asthmatic children will also have allergic rhinitis.

If left untreated this can have major consequences not only for a child’s physical health but also for their intellectual and social development.

Allergic rhinitis may not always present with the classic symptoms of runny nose and sneezing.

In fact sometimes the signs can be very subtle with parents simply reporting their child appears to have sleep disordered breathing, has difficulty concentrating in class or is tired all the time.

On the flip-side, it is estimated that up to 60% of patients with allergic rhinitis, have asthma, often subclinical – which is a dangerous undiagnosed condition.

In children the two conditions are usually inherently linked.

“Allergic rhinitis is asthma of the nose, ” Dr Tattersall says.

Once the allergen provokes the allergic rhinitis in the nose, the asthma is often ...

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