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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 Aug;7(8):3006-21. doi: 10.3390/ijerph7083006. Epub 2010 Jul 28.

Adaptation to impacts of climate change on aeroallergens and allergic respiratory diseases.

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Environmental Science, Department of Environment and Geography, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. paul.beggs@mq.edu.au

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:

adaptation; allergen; allergic disease; allergic rhinitis; asthma; climate change; human health; impacts; mould spore; pollen

PMID:
20948943
PMCID:
PMC2954564
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph7083006
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