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Your nose is running, your eyes are itching and your brain is fuzzy. As much as you’d love to just curl up with a box of tissues, you shrug it off and soldier on. After all, it’s only allergies right?
While it’s easy to trivialise these annoying symptoms – which plague some 20 per cent of Singaporeans – experts say they’re nothing to sneeze at. Nose allergy reduces productivity at work and gives you a poor quality of sleep, which leads to a fall in immunity, says Dr Kevin Soh, senior consultant ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. This makes you more prone to coughs and colds, which in turn, worsens allergy symptoms, he says.