Shadid, 43 died in Syria last week near the Turkish border from an asthma attack apparently triggered by a horse allergy
. Shadid, known for his skill with words and gift of explaining and humanizing complex stories from the Middle East, was working on a story about the Syrian opposition fighting President Bashar Assad's regime.
He did it all himself today," said the jockey who had begun the afternoon with a three-day ban for careless riding on the Queen's horse Allergy
to add to a two-day holiday picked up earlier in the week.
Horse allergy occurs in people who regularly work with horses, and horse riders experience long-term exposure which may lead to a variety of allergic diseases.
The skin prick test (SPT) and determination of serum-specific IgE against horse allergens are helpful in the diagnosis of horse allergy. The SPT is safe, inexpensive, informative, and easy to perform.
Although equestrian culture has been very popular among Iranians since historical times, horse allergy has not been well studied among horse riders.
The prevalence of horse allergy varies from 1% to 10% depending on geography, climate, and the level of exposure [7,12,13].
The skin prick testing in combination with a detailed history should be sufficient for the diagnosis of horse allergy .
Based on our results, among 19 horse riders with clinical symptoms of horse allergy, only 11 (58%) of them had a positive skin test to horse allergens.