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The Cotabato Regional and Medical Center celebrates Pinoy Ear, Nose and Throat Allergy Day through lay forum at the Out-patient Department.

Dr. Scheherazade I. Tan, FPSO-HNS, FPCS, the head of CRMC-Out-patient Department and Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist shared her lecture about allergic Rhinitis to the watchers and patients at the registration area.

This activity of the Philippine Academy of Otorhinolaryngic Allergy and Clinical Immunology (PAORLACI) which is under the Philippine Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (PSO-HNS) aims to give information about the common illness of the people.

Allergic Rhinitis is a diagnosis associated with a group of symptoms affecting the nose with symptoms of hay fever, chronic/ recurrent Ige- mediated inflammation of the nasal mucosa triggered by exposure to allergens, intermittent or persistent, mild or moderate-severe and over 500 million people affected worldwide.

Its Primary symptoms are rhinorrhea, sneezing, nasal itching, nasal congestion, postnasal drainage Other accompanying symptoms: frequent throat clearing, eye itching, tearing, eye redness, palatal itching, impaired sense of smell (and taste), fatigue, impaired concentration, reduced productivity

Dr. Tan emphasized to avoid or minimize exposure to allergens. Highly pollen-allergic individuals should limit exposure to the outdoors when high pollen counts are present, indoor allergen avoidance may provide some benefit for patients with Allergic rhinitis.

In addition, patients are encouraged to observe clinically effective dust mite avoidance includes a combination of measures such as, humidity control, frequent change of beddings, avoidance of carpeting, and heavy curtains, avoidance of clothed upholstery, dust mite covers for beddings, and the use of tea sprays or acaricides.

Dr. Scheherazade Tan thanked the patients and watchers for attentively listening on behalf of our Medical Center Chief, Dr. Ishmael R. Dimaren.

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Ishmael R. Dimaren, MD, MHA, FPCS, FPSGS, FPSCRS

Ishmael R. Dimaren, MD, MHA, FPCS, FPSGS, FPSCRS
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