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Poor indoor air quality one of the contributors to sinusitis, say experts

Mould, dust and pollen can trigger allergies

| | May 30, 2016 | 6:31 pm
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Dubai, UAE: According to statistics from the Dubai Health Authority, nearly 20% of the population in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) suffers from chronic sinusitis, and one of the contributors to the condition is poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

Dr Seejo George, Specialist ENT Surgeon, Medeor 24×7 Hospital, in Dubai, has described sinusitis as a condition that causes “inflammation of the sinuses, which are air-filled cavities located behind the forehead and eyebrows, within the cheekbones, on either side of the nose, and just behind the eyes”. They also have openings which drain into the nasal cavity, he added.

Medeor 24×7 Hospital has mentioned several factors, such as a bacterial or fungal infection, smoking, environmental pollution or an allergy that can cause sinusitis. Additionally, the hospital said, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can contribute to aggravating the condition, as mould, dust and pollen can trigger-off allergies, which in turn, can also cause allergic reactions, such as colds, coughs and sneezing that cause inflammation in the nasal passage.

Dr George said, “Spending long periods in air conditioned environments can also dry out the nasal passage, triggering sinus infections.”

Dr. Mohamed Berer, Medical Director at Medeor 24×7 Hospital, said, “Our hospital is committed to raising awareness on such conditions that are dependent on environmental and habitual triggers in the hope of encouraging people to seek treatment for their illnesses.”


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