Cypress pollen allergy in Milan: the story of an ongoing growth

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1Allergology Clinic, Clinica San Carlo, Paderno Dugnano, Milan, Italy
2Igiene e Sanita Pubblica Milano Ovest UOC, ATS Citta Metropolitana di Milano, Parabiago, Milan, Italy


Published online: 07 June 2020
Accepted: 15 May 2020
Received: 20 April 2020


Cypress pollen allergy was virtually absent in Lombardy about 30 years ago. A 15-year clinical survey on cypress pollen sensitization and allergy in the area north of Milan reveals that both cypress pollen sensitization and allergy increased steadily from 2003 to 2017 along with the prevalence of clinical allergy over sensitization. The pollen concentration data, recorded up from 1995 showed a dramatic increase in cypress Annual Pollen Index up from the beginning of the new millennium. Cypress pollen represents now a relevant allergen source in this area.

Cypress; airborne allergy; pollen allergy; pollen sensitization; annual pollen index.

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