Increase in rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema among school children in Greece during 1991-2003

The prevalence of allergic rhinitis and eczema has risen worldwide during the last 4 decades.

Prevalence rates of current (lifetime) symptoms of chronic or recurrent rhinitis were:
- 5.1% (6.0%) for 1991
- 6.5% (8.0%) for 1998
- 8.0% (9.8%) for 2003

Respective values for rhinoconjunctivitis were 1.8% (2.1%), 2.7% (3.4%) and 3.6% (4.6%) and for eczema 2.5% (4.5%), 3.4% (6.3%) and 5.0% (9.5%).

References:
Increase in chronic or recurrent rhinitis, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema among schoolchildren in Greece: Three surveys during 1991–2003. Michael B. Anthracopoulos, George Antonogeorgos, Evangelos Liolios, Maria Triga, Eugenia Panagiotopoulou and Kostas N. Priftis. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

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