n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Allergic rhinitis in children

Volume 28, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



There are good data suggesting that the prevalence of allergic rhinitis is increasing in South African children. The prevalence has increased from 30.4% to 38.5% between 1995 and 2002. No single reason explains this increase, and there may be a multitude of reasons.

Allergic rhinitis is often trivialised because it is not associated with any significant mortality or morbidity. This may be true in the context of South Africa, where we face major challenges such as AIDS, TB and malnutrition. However, allergic rhinitis significantly affects the quality of life of patients. It affects children in the form of learning problems and is also associated with co-morbidities such as sinusitis, otitis media, worsening of asthma and allergic conjunctivitis.

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