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Pollen Allergy in Cordoba City: Frequency of Sensitization and Relation with Antihistamine Sales

Prieto-Baena, Jose, Sánchez-Mesa, J.A., Serrano, P., Cariñanos, P., Moreno, C., Guerra, F. and Galán, C. (2005) Pollen Allergy in Cordoba City: Frequency of Sensitization and Relation with Antihistamine Sales. Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology, 15 (1). pp. 50-56. ISSN 1018-9068

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The occurrence of symptoms in pollen allergy patients in urban areas may be affected by local environmental factors such as sources of pollution, natural and ornamental vegetation, local architecture impeding dispersion, etc. The aim of this study was to analyse the frequency of sensitization in pollen allergy patients and the relationship with antihistamine sales.
For this study, a large number of clinical records, together with pharmaceutical and pollen data, were collected between 1999 and 2001 in the city of Córdoba, in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Differences were observed in the symptoms suffered by pollen allergy patients in different areas of the city due to varying local emission of both biological and non-biological particles. Temporal distribution of symptoms over
the three study years was influenced by meteorological factors, especially rainfall patterns; higher water supply to plants was associated with increased airborne pollen concentrations. Air pollution might be one of the main factors affecting the distribution of pollen allergy patients within the city.
Recent years have seen a worsening of symptoms and increased sensitization to urban species such as plane-trees.

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Originally deposited as National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU)

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: aerobiology, antihistamine sales, distribution of patients, pollen allergy, seasonal symptoms, urban pollinosis, NPARU
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR180 Immunology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2007 10:31
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:48

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