Conifer pollen sensitivity in western New York: Cedar pollens

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Abstract:

Cedar pollens might be significant allergens in areas where they have not been so considered but are prevalent. Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) and white cedar (Thuja occidentalis, American arbor vitae) are common plants in western New York. We analyzed skin test results from 158 patients with asthma, rhinitis, or both; 102 had positive skin tests to at least one pollen. Among those, 52 patients (51%) had positive skin tests to at least one of the cedar pollens. Patients sensitive on skin testing to cedar pollen were strongly likely (p < 0.0001) to be sensitive to deciduous tree, grass, or ragweed pollen. Sensitivity on skin testing to indigenous cedar pollens is common in our area of western New York and therefore could be clinically significant.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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