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Wheeze, eczema and rhinitis in 6-7 year old Irish schoolchildren.
Ir Med J. 2003 Apr; 96(4):102-4.IM

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of wheeze, eczema and rhinitis in 6-7 year old schoolchildren in Louth and Meath and assess their risk factors. The ISAAC (International Study for Asthma and Allergies in Childhood) questionnaire was used. The response rate was 64.1% (n = 1899). The prevalence rates for wheeze, eczema and rhinitis were 17.4%, 11.2% and 20.2% respectively, with 2.4% of children reported to be suffering from all 3 conditions. The main risk factors for wheeze were male sex and smoking in the home. Ninety-five (28.7%) children with wheeze had no diagnosis of asthma. Of these children 36 (37.9%) had wheeze with exercise, 55 (59.9%) had a dry cough not associated with a cold or flu and 13 (13.7%) reported more than 4 attacks of wheeze in the last year. This study suggests underdiagnosis and undertreatment of atopic illness in this age group. It also suggests decreasing exposure to passive smoking and early recognition and treatment will improve quality of life for many children.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Paediatrics, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12793469

Citation

Harty, S B., et al. "Wheeze, Eczema and Rhinitis in 6-7 Year Old Irish Schoolchildren." Irish Medical Journal, vol. 96, no. 4, 2003, pp. 102-4.
Harty SB, Sheridan A, Howell F, et al. Wheeze, eczema and rhinitis in 6-7 year old Irish schoolchildren. Ir Med J. 2003;96(4):102-4.
Harty, S. B., Sheridan, A., Howell, F., & Nicholson, A. (2003). Wheeze, eczema and rhinitis in 6-7 year old Irish schoolchildren. Irish Medical Journal, 96(4), 102-4.
Harty SB, et al. Wheeze, Eczema and Rhinitis in 6-7 Year Old Irish Schoolchildren. Ir Med J. 2003;96(4):102-4. PubMed PMID: 12793469.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Wheeze, eczema and rhinitis in 6-7 year old Irish schoolchildren. AU - Harty,S B, AU - Sheridan,A, AU - Howell,F, AU - Nicholson,A, PY - 2003/6/10/pubmed PY - 2003/7/24/medline PY - 2003/6/10/entrez SP - 102 EP - 4 JF - Irish medical journal JO - Ir Med J VL - 96 IS - 4 N2 - The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of wheeze, eczema and rhinitis in 6-7 year old schoolchildren in Louth and Meath and assess their risk factors. The ISAAC (International Study for Asthma and Allergies in Childhood) questionnaire was used. The response rate was 64.1% (n = 1899). The prevalence rates for wheeze, eczema and rhinitis were 17.4%, 11.2% and 20.2% respectively, with 2.4% of children reported to be suffering from all 3 conditions. The main risk factors for wheeze were male sex and smoking in the home. Ninety-five (28.7%) children with wheeze had no diagnosis of asthma. Of these children 36 (37.9%) had wheeze with exercise, 55 (59.9%) had a dry cough not associated with a cold or flu and 13 (13.7%) reported more than 4 attacks of wheeze in the last year. This study suggests underdiagnosis and undertreatment of atopic illness in this age group. It also suggests decreasing exposure to passive smoking and early recognition and treatment will improve quality of life for many children. SN - 0332-3102 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12793469/Wheeze_eczema_and_rhinitis_in_6_7_year_old_Irish_schoolchildren_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -