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Is city living giving more of us allergies?

Monday, February 27, 2017, 4:35 PM - The world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. And the incidence of allergies is significantly higher in urban areas.

What factors could be playing a role?

Less early exposure

Studies show that farm and rural exposure early in life may provide protection from allergies.6

More time indoors

Less time spent in contact with the natural environment could be contributing to the increase in allergies.7,8

Climate Change

Increasing CO2 levels leads to larger plants & more potent pollen.

Longer allergy season

Spring pollen season is beginning six days earlier than it did in the 1960s.

The urban population boom:

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