|Document ID (ISN)||104183|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Radon K., Ehrenstein V., Praml G., Nowak D.
||Childhood visits to animal buildings and atopic diseases in adulthood: An age-dependent relationship
||Oct. 2004, Vol.46, No.4, p.349-356. Illus. 40 ref.
||Several studies have reported protective effects of farming environments against atopic diseases. A cross-sectional study was carried out in a rural town. 3112 inhabitants aged 18-44 responded to a postal questionnaire on atopic diseases, life-time exposure to farming environments, and potential confounders. Respondents with regular childhood exposure to animals had a significantly reduced risk of nasal allergies. The greatest reduction in risk was seen for respondents starting regular visits to animal stables during the first year of life or between the ages of three and five. Participants reporting start of exposure after age of five remained at a lower risk for nasal allergies. Findings indicate that the preventive effect of animal exposure against atopic respiratory diseases continues into adulthood.
||bacterial toxins; allergies; individual susceptibility; long-term exposure; handling of animals; respiratory diseases
||children; cross-sectional study; questionnaire survey; USA
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)