The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the European Respiratory Society, and the Wold Allergy Organization, Professor D’Amatos’s masterful review explains the connections between climate change, air pollution, allergy, and respiratory diseases.
The review tells us that rhinitis and asthma have increased over the past several decades. Studies have sought to understand what is causing the increase, and indoor and outdoor air pollution, as well as climate change, have been blamed.
Much attention and research have focused on the negative impacts of air pollution on respiratory health.
For those with allergies, air pollution dials up the airway response to allergens. Air pollution also makes asthma worse, causing greater bronchial hyper-responsiveness, greater use of meds, more hospital admissions, and more emergency room visits.