Journal article

The association between outdoor allergens - pollen, fungal spore season and high asthma admission days in children and adolescents

Mehak Batra, Don Vicendese, Edward Newbigin, Katrina A Lambert, Mimi Tang, Michael J Abramson, Shyamali C Dharmage, Bircan Erbas

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Periods when asthma admissions peaks have serious implications for asthma sufferers and hospitals. We assessed the association between aeroallergen exposure and childhood asthma peak periods during two grass pollen seasons using the Melbourne Air Pollen Children and Adolescent Health (MAPCAH) study conducted in Melbourne, Australia. Two peak periods were identified. Effect modifications by atopy and sex were considered. All pollen 2 days prior was associated with increased odds of these peak periods. Same day fungal spores, but not pollen, were important. Grass at lag 2 was associated with increased odds 1.03 (95%CI 1.01, 1.05) as was the same day Alternaria 1.02 (1.00, 1.04) per spore/m3 fo..

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