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Perennial allergens and the asthma epidemic

Lisa M. Wheatley, Thomas A. E. Platts-Mills
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 3 Number 3: Page 6 (June 1996)

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Abstract: A striking increase in asthma prevalence has been occurring in Western countries and among populations adopting a Westernized lifestyle. The increase is almost entirely in perennial rather than seasonal asthma, and the patients are in most cases highly allergic although they may not know it. Most asthmatic children and young adults today have perennial asthma, have no clear allergic history, are highly sensitized to an indoor allergen, and can benefit from reducing exposure.

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