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Life in the country may help improve allergies

Individuals suffering from intense allergies are often willing to go through major changes to relieve pain and annoyances. But are they willing to embrace farm life? A recent study found that the immune system benefits from life in the countryside, and adults who move to farms can reap the positive health benefits of a rural setting. 

The study, which was conducted at Aarhus University in Denmark and published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that living in the countryside may positively affect allergies. Exposure to various allergens, such as grass and pollen, may build up the immune system and reduce sensitivity to the irritants, even in those adults who grew up in different settings. The benefits were once thought to apply only to children who were raised in the country. 

"We cannot, however, simply recommend that people who suffer from allergies and hypersensitivities move to farms," said postdoctoral researcher Grethe Elholm. "Because they may also suffer from lung diseases such as asthma and would therefore become more ill due to high concentrations of dust and particles found in stables and in agriculture in general." 

It is not possible or practical for all individuals suffering from allergies to relocate to the countryside, but there are still steps that can be taken to improve personal health and day-to-day living. Investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro can clear the air of many irritants and help to relieve allergies.