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Anaphylaxis is increasingly found in allergic reactions in children, primarily caused by food allergies in this population group. The severity of its effects, which can be fatal, demands the attention not only of allergologists but of all healthcare professionals. Find out more

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Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis

Carmen Rondón MD, PhD., Allergist, Allergy Unit, Regional University Hospital of Malaga, IBIMA, Malaga University, Malaga, Spain,
Cemal Cingi MD, PhD. , Eskisehir Osmangazi University, ENT Dept. Eskisehir - Turkey, ccingi@ogu.edu.tr

Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (ARC) is the most frequent allergic disease. In the recent four decades its prevalence has dramatically increased in both industrialized countries and countries in process of development. It is a global health problem that may affects up to 40% of the population of all countries, ethnic groups and ages, with impairment of their quality of life and frequent association to other respiratory diseases such as asthma, rhinosinusitis, and otitis.

It is an inflammatory disorder of the nasal and conjunctival mucosa induced by a hypersensitivity immune response directed against an allergen to which the subject is previously sensitized. This means that in subjects with ARC your immune system mistakenly identifies a typically harmless substance as an intruder.  This substance is called an allergen. In this situation the immune system responds to the allergen by releasing histamine and chemical mediators that typically cause symptoms of allergic rhinitis: itchy nose, sneezing, watery mucus and usually nasal congestion or blockage, and conjunctivitis: itching/burning eyes, tearing and redness.

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