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Increasing incidence of allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma in the Gulf Arabic population
The nose plays a primary role within the airways, working as a filter and air-conditioner. Allergen exposure induces nasal symptoms by an immunoglobulin E (IgE) -mediated inflammation, similar to those in allergic asthma. Allergic rhinitis is a prevalent but still underappreciated inflammatory disorder of nasal mucosa. Patients with allergic rhinitis suffer more often from viral and bacterial infections. Worldwide, allergic rhinitis affects around 400 million people, with higher prevalence in industrialized nations.
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