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Atmosphere 2012, 3(1), 200-212; doi:10.3390/atmos3010200

Anthropogenic Climate Change and Allergic Diseases

School of Community and Environmental Health, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529, USA
Center for Environmental Prediction, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center, Old Dominion University, Suffolk, VA 23434, USA
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Received: 10 January 2012 / Revised: 10 January 2012 / Accepted: 15 February 2012 / Published: 28 February 2012
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Climate change is expected to have an impact on various aspects of health, including mucosal areas involved in allergic inflammatory disorders that include asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and anaphylaxis. The evidence that links climate change to the exacerbation and the development of allergic disease is increasing and appears to be linked to changes in pollen seasons (duration, onset and intensity) and changes in allergen content of plants and their pollen as it relates to increased sensitization, allergenicity and exacerbations of allergic airway disease. This has significant implications for air quality and for the global food supply.
Keywords: climate change; pollen; allergic diseases; allergy climate change; pollen; allergic diseases; allergy
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Blando, J.; Bielory, L.; Nguyen, V.; Diaz, R.; Jeng, H.A. Anthropogenic Climate Change and Allergic Diseases. Atmosphere 2012, 3, 200-212.

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