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Why are cases of allergic rhinitis increasing in the UK?

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Key points

  1. Environmental changes influence pollen seasons
  2. Rhinitis can be classified as allergic or non-allergic
  3. Symptoms are debilitating and limit activity
  4. Treatment should be started promptly
  5. Rhinitis and asthma often coexist

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