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Importance of Diagnosis and Treatment

Although allergic rhinitis is not life threatening, it can affect quality of life significantly, especially in young children. It can cause poor quality sleep, tiredness during the day and poor concentration.

It is very common for asthmatics to have allergic rhinitis as well. If the allergic rhinitis is not well controlled, the asthma can be very difficult to manage. This is because the lungs and the nose passage are united and work together. Therefore all children with asthma should be assessed for allergic rhinitis and vice versa.

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 This article has been written by Paediatrician and Pulmonologist, Dr Salome Abbott (MBBCh (Wits), FCPaed(SA), MMed(Paed), DipAllerg(SA), Dip Paed Resp Med (Europe), Cert Paed Pulmonology(SA))

Dr Abbott currently has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti and Kingsbury Hospitals in Cape Town. The focus of her practice is treating children with respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung problems. Tel: 021 506 5228 or for full contact details please CLICK HERE