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Grape farmers more prone to respiratory problems

Previous studies have indicated that people involved in agriculture and farmers were more prone to respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, hypersensitivity piieunionitis and organic dust toxic syndrome. This was thought to be caused by their exposure to inhalation of inorganic or organic dusts, micro-organisms, mycotoxins, endotoxins, pollens, mites, molds, animal danders and pesticides. A Greek study attempted to determine the difference in incidence of allergic rhinitis, atopy and asthma between grape farmers and a control group. Their results showed that grape farmers did have significantly increased respiratory symptoms such as rhinorrhea, sneezing, coughing, dyspnea and nasal itching compared to the control group. It was also found that the grape farmers did not have an increased incidence of asthmatic symptoms compared to the control group. Researchers concluded that grape farmers were prone to increased allergic sensitization to certain pollens and bronchial hyper-responsiveness.

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About: Grape farmers more prone to respiratory problems

Date: 26 January 2005

Source: Red Nova


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