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Climate change may worsen mold allergies

A common fungus tends to grow more allergenic traits in the presence of high carbon dioxide, Naama Lang-Yona, a doctoral candidate in environmental sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, said at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.The fungus, called Aspergillus fumigatus , is incredibly common."Its natural habitat is decomposed biomass and soils, but you could find it in many other places, such as our walls, air-conditioning filters," Lang-Yona said in an email.The fungus sends out spores with tiny proteins on their coat that mobilize the body's immune cells to wage war against the body. Side effects can be as mild as sneezing and as serious as anaphylaxis. [ 5 Ways Climate Change Will Affect Your Health ]In addition, the fungus can cause rare, but life-threatening lung infections. One man recently had to have part of his lung removed to treat the giant ball of fungus growing there.Allergies have been on the rise in the past several decades, and Lang-...

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