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J.P. McFadden, D.A. Basketter, R.J. Dearman, P. Puangpet and I. Kimber The hapten–atopy hypothesis III: the potential role of airborne chemicals British Journal of Dermatology 170

Version of Record online: 13 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12602

What's already known about this topic?

  • There has been a 300–500% increase in atopic diseases observed over the last 50 years in Western Europe and other ‘urbanized’ countries.
  • This has coincided with an increased exposure to various common chemicals in the personal environment.

What does this study add?

  • We review evidence for the potential role of airborne chemical exposure, in addition to oral and cutaneous chemical exposure, in contributing to the increased prevalence of atopic disease.

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