Allergic rhinitis is an IgE mediated nasal response
to allergens in the atmosphere. In areas where there is
high amounts of pollution, like in developing countries,
this condition is quite prevalent.
To study the environmental factors in allergy and
the nutritional status in allergy. The purpose of this
study was to see if a person’s socio-economic status
plays a role in the development of AR.
Prospective study on 50 patients with allergic
rhinitis. Patients were diagnosed with allergic rhinitis
based on clinical symptoms and by serum IgE.
Nutritional status was assessed and patients were given
The presence of allergic rhinitis was more in the
upper class. Common environmental allergens seemed
to affect them more than the others.
The hygiene hypothesis holds good based on the
results of this study. The upper class individuals who
are usually exposed to lesser environmental antigens are
more prone to develop allergic rhinitis.
Keywords : Allergic Rhinitis, Socio-Economic Status, Upper Class, Pets, BMI.