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All you need to know about allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is an allergy that causes symptoms similar to a common cold. It is very common in Singapore, with 24% of the population suffering from it. It is particularly prevalent in children aged 4 – 17 years.1 It is triggered by environmental allergens such as smoke, dust mites, mould, pet fur and carpet fibres. Symptoms include runny nose, a sore or itchy throat, dry coughs and itchy eyes. Allergic rhinitis patients may suffer attacks all year round as the allergens that trigger the allergy are everywhere around us. If not treated, it can have a major impact on the quality of your life.


  1. "Allergic Rhinitis: Common in Children in Singapore." HealthXchange.sg - https://www.healthxchange.sg/children/childhood-conditions/allergic-rhinitis-common-children-singapore (Accessed 16 March 2017)

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