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Compositae plant family allergy and asthma

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Compositae plant family allergy and asthma

Having ornamental plants is a popular choice to add colour and variety to your house or work place, but for some people just being in close proximity to plants is enough to trigger an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, this is an area poorly researched and, in many cases, the actual allergen has not been identified yet. Most studies concentrate on occupational allergy, such as in gardeners, greenhouse workers and florists, but with the widespread use of certified plants in many public places, the exposure to allergens reaches many more.

Do plants prevent or cause allergies?

The answer may be both, depending on the allergy.

In addition to their decorative aspect, in 1989 nasa published a study that demonstrated that plants are capable of a much more important function than just their ornamental status. Certain plants can eliminate toxins present in the air, which make them exceptional air cleaners providing a much better atmosphere inside the house.

It was shown that plants absorb these substances through the leaves, as well as releasing moisture which reduces airborne toxins.

This included pet dander and dust mites, as well as many other allergens. The study suggested the use of such plants as an inexpensive means of providing clean air indoors, particularly public places.

If you suffer from allergies, after reading this report, you would think that having plants in your house can potentially reduce the incidence of allergens and eliminate any symptoms.

This is not the full story however, as many plants operate at the other end of the scale by allergy triggering an allergic reaction, making life very difficult for those that have to cope with this condition. If you start experiencing certain symptoms connected with your allergy suddenly after acquiring a new plant, unfortunately it may mean a plant allergen is the culprit. Plant allergens, there are hundreds of different plant allergens that can cause a reaction, either by contact or inhalation.

It is estimated that over 500 substances can cause such reaction from one plant family alone.

 

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