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Dirty aircon and incense blamed as UAE study finds one in ten children have asthma.
Nick Webster | The National News
Filed on 2021-10-13 | Last updated on 2021-10-13 07:26:50
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One in ten children suffers from asthma, according to a study led by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.
 
The report - titled Prevalence of asthma and allergies among children in the United Arab Emirates - assessed more than 3,400 children in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
 
“Asthma is more likely to develop in young children when the climate changes,” said Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen, a pulmonologist at Medeor Hospital in Dubai.
 
“As perfumes and incense burned in the home is also more common in Emirati families, it can also have an impact on their lungs and they are also genetically more vulnerable.
 
“Boys are also more vulnerable to asthma than girls, and the study showed those with allergic rhinitis issues were also more likely to develop asthma.