Scientists: the inhabitants of the equator increased risk of allergies and asthma


05/02/2013

Allergic symptoms (sore throat and sneezing) may occur more often in people who live close to the equator in the form of increased sunlight exposure. These are the new details of American scientists who have published their work in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

"In the more ultra-violet rays (UV-B) affect the population regions located close to the equator. Effect of sunlight may be due to their content of vitamin D, which may alter the immune system. And these changes may increase the risk of such diseases, as allergies and asthma, "- said the chief investigator Vicki Oktar (Vicka Oktaria) in a press release of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology researcher.

In earlier studies have examined the latitude region of residence in terms of its content of various air allergens. Also discussed were the differences in climatic conditions and housing, social and cultural types. In the current work was first examined in relation specific geographical location and the influence of ultraviolet rays with the probability of developing asthma and allergies.

"Such serious diseases like allergies and asthma can be life-long, in the case of delayed detection and treatment. Both conditions can impair the quality of life all year round, regardless of his place of residence" - said Richard Weber (Richard Weber), president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

According to the organization, allergy affects about 75-85% of asthmatics.


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