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An Association Between Air Pollution and the Prevalence of Allergic Rhinitis in the Ulsan Metropolitan Region
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An Association Between Air Pollution and the Prevalence of Allergic Rhinitis in the Ulsan Metropolitan Region
Oh, In-Bo; Lee, Ji-Ho; Sim, Chang-Sun; Kim, Yang-Ho; Yoo, Cheol-In;
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This study aims to investigate the relationship between air pollution exposure and the prevalence of allergic rhinitis in a young population in the Ulsan metropolitan region (UMR). Data on physician-diagnosed allergic rhinitis (past 12 months) in 1,449 infants and children aged 1-18 years who lived within 1.5 or 2 km of air quality monitoring sites were collected in a cross-sectional health interview survey conducted between January-February 2006 in the UMR. Comparisons of the spatial distribution of the prevalence rates for allergic rhinitis and annual average pollutant concentrations over the region showed that a relatively high prevalence rate occurred around the coastal industrial area, with high PM10 concentrations. A linear correlation analysis demonstrated a positive correlation relationship between them (R
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