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Air pollution and allergy: you are what you breathe

How does air pollution affect asthma and allergic rhinitis? Particulate and gaseous pollution drive proallergic inflammation through the generation of oxidative stress, which is regulated by individual genetic susceptibility.

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Figure 1: Air pollution from increased use of fossil fuels is an important factor in the long-term increase in allergic airway disease.
Figure 2: How DEPs modify the immune response to allergen.

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Saxon, A., Diaz-Sanchez, D. Air pollution and allergy: you are what you breathe. Nat Immunol 6, 223–226 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/ni0305-223

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