Epidemiologic characteristics of rhinitis in Turkish Children: The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) phase 2

Kuyucu S., Saraçlar Y., Tuncer A., Geyik P. , Adalioğlu G., Akpinarli A., ...More

PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY, vol.17, no.4, pp.269-277, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1399-3038.2006.00407.x
  • Page Numbers: pp.269-277


Rhinitis is a common problem with important comorbidities. In order to search the association between rhinitis, allergic phenotypes and other risk factors in Turkish children, a parental questionnaire about allergic diseases and risk factors, and skin prick test (SPT) with 13 inhalant allergens were performed in a population-based sample of 2774 children aged 9-11 yr. Bronchoprovocation testing with hypertonic saline (HS)and total IgE analysis were limited to a subsample of 350 children. Rhinitis was defined as a problem with sneezing, rhinorrhea, or nasal congestion when the child did not have a viral respiratory infection. The prevalences of ever rhinitis, current (last 12 months) rhinitis (CR), and ever hay fever were 36.3%, 30.6%, and 8.3%, respectively. SPT positivity rate was 20.4% among children with CR. Current wheezing and flexural dermatitis were significantly associated with CR. CR significantly increased the risk of asthma among both atopic and non-atopic subjects [odds ratio (OR), 3.98; 95% CI, 1.81-8.76; and OR, 2.79; 95% CI, 1.82-4.26, respectively]. The association between CR and bronchial hyperreactivity (BHR) was not significant. The multiple logistic regression analysis revealed family atopy (OR = 2.25, 95% CI = 1.79-2.83, p < 0.001), current indoor heating with gas stove (OR = 1.78, 95% CI = 1.18-2.64, p = 0.006) and dampness/molds at home during the first year of life (OR = 1.70, 95% CI = 1.25-2.31, p = 0.001) as significant risk factors for CR. Turkish school children showed a high prevalence of rhinitis with a preponderance of non-atopics. The highly significant association between rhinitis and asthma independent of atopic sensitization emphasize the importance of non-atopic forms of rhinitis.