Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases in the world. It has negative impacts, including complications, and comorbidities, all negatively impacting one’s quality of life.
Aims: The current study aims to determine the prevalence of AR among students at Syrian Private University.
A cross-sectional was conducted at the Syrian Private University. The survey included questions about demographics and two allergy-specific questionnaires, the mini rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire and the activity impairment plus classroom impairment questionnaire. The mini rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire was translated to Arabic language and then validated via Cronbach's alpha test.
Most participants were male 197(54%), residents of Damascus/ Rural Damascus 321(87%), and smokers 208(56%). Their ages ranged from 19-32 years, with a mean of 21.7 (±1.91) years. The prevalence of students diagnosed with AR was 115(31.1%). Total loss of academic attendance was 12.1%, whereas the impairment of academic productivity was 21.8%
Almost a third of the sample has allergic rhinitis, and a fifth reported impaired academic productivity, consequently exerting burdens upon students' lives. Further studies are required to evaluate the causes and establish effective management plans.