About the Authors

Chun Wei Li

Contributed equally to this work with: Chun Wei Li, Han Gui Lu

Affiliation Department of Otolaryngology, National University of Singapore, National University Health System, Singapore, Singapore

Han Gui Lu

Contributed equally to this work with: Chun Wei Li, Han Gui Lu

Affiliations Department of Otorhinolaryngology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Shantou Central Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Shantou, China

De Hua Chen

Affiliations Department of Otorhinolaryngology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, Department of Allergy, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Zhi Bin Lin

Affiliations Department of Otorhinolaryngology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, Department of Allergy, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

De Yun Wang

entwdy@nus.edu.sg (DYW); litianying@yeah.net (TYL)

Affiliation Department of Otolaryngology, National University of Singapore, National University Health System, Singapore, Singapore

Tian Ying Li

entwdy@nus.edu.sg (DYW); litianying@yeah.net (TYL)

Affiliations Department of Otorhinolaryngology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, Department of Allergy, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CWL TYL HGL DYW. Performed the experiments: HGL ZBL CWL DHC. Analyzed the data: CWL HGL TYL DYW. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HGL TYL CWL DYW. Wrote the manuscript: CWL HGL TYL DYW. Sample collection: HGL ZBL DHC TYL CWL.