EAST in Children with Allergic rhinitis: Experience from Indian Tertiary Centre

P. Naina*, Susmitha Karunasree Perumalla, Megha Krishnan, Mary John, Ajoy Mathew Varghese, John Antony Jude Prakash

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Allergic rhinitis (AR) is recognized as a growing global health disease with considerable importance among children and adolescents. This study aims to study the clinical and sensitization profile of children with allergic rhinitis using EAST. All children presenting to pediatric ENT outpatient with a clinical diagnosis of AR were prospectively recruited. Detailed demographic and clinical history including self-reported allergens, predominant symptoms and associated comorbid conditions were obtained. Severity of symptoms was graded on a visual analogue scale. Specific Ig E antibodies to 20 inhalant allergens was measured using EAST (EUROIMMUN, Germany).The pattern of sensitization was analyzed with respect to age, symptoms, associated comorbid conditions and urbanization. We recruited 328 children with a clinical diagnosis of AR (Mean age 10.3 year, IQR 8–13 years) Nasal block was the predominant symptom across all age groups, sneezing became more troublesome during adolescence. In 191 children sera were tested for allergen specific IgE, 119 (62.3%) showed positive sensitization. The most common sensitization noted was for cockroach, followed by dust mite and pollens. Majority had polysensitization (73%). Those who were predominantly sneezers were more likely to be sensitized with indoor allergens (p < 0.05). Among the comorbid conditions, asthma and atopic dermatitis accounted for maximum non ENT physician visits. The pattern of sensitization did not vary with age, urbanization or comorbid condition. This study highlights the clinical and sensitization profile of children with AR in South East India. Various peculiarities of this community has been presented which needs further attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1366-1373
Number of pages8
JournalIndian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Blockers
  • Clinical profile
  • Comorbid conditions
  • Dust mites
  • Enzyme allegro sorbent assay
  • India
  • Pediatric
  • Sensitization
  • Sneezers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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