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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(8), 3006-3021; doi:10.3390/ijerph7083006

Adaptation to Impacts of Climate Change on Aeroallergens and Allergic Respiratory Diseases

Environmental Science, Department of Environment and Geography, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales 2109, Australia
Received: 21 June 2010 / Revised: 21 July 2010 / Accepted: 23 July 2010 / Published: 28 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Human Health Impacts and Adaptation)
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Abstract

Climate change has the potential to have many significant impacts on aeroallergens such as pollen and mould spores, and therefore related diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. This paper critically reviews this topic, with a focus on the potential adaptation measures that have been identified to date. These are aeroallergen monitoring; aeroallergen forecasting; allergenic plant management; planting practices and policies; urban/settlement planning; building design and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC); access to health care and medications; education; and research.
Keywords: climate change; impacts; adaptation; human health; pollen; mould spore; allergen; allergic disease; asthma; allergic rhinitis climate change; impacts; adaptation; human health; pollen; mould spore; allergen; allergic disease; asthma; allergic rhinitis
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Beggs, P.J. Adaptation to Impacts of Climate Change on Aeroallergens and Allergic Respiratory Diseases. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 3006-3021.

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