The role of farm exposures in occupational asthma and allergy.

S. Von Essen

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Agriculture is very diverse. Farmers commonly grow several different crops, and may also raise animals. They are exposed to a variety of antigens from plants, animals, insects and molds, to which they may become allergic. However, several large epidemiological studies conducted recently in various regions of the world indicate that the prevalence of asthma and allergy is no higher in farmers than in other populations. There is increasing evidence that growing up on a farm may protect against developing asthma and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-156
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in allergy and clinical immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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