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Role of Mites in Allergy to House Dust

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: (Published 14 September 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:646
  1. H. Morrow Brown,
  2. John L. Filer


    One hundred and thirty-two patients known or suspected of allergy to house dust were skin-tested with pure extracts of four varieties of dust mites. The results show that both Dermatophagoides culinae and D. pteronyssinus probably played important parts in sensitizing susceptible people, as did Glycyphagus destructor and G. domesticus in some cases. In some patients these results enabled successful desensitization against the dust to be carried out, and for corticosteroid therapy to be stopped. Hence the use of mite extracts is considered to be an important advance in the diagnosis of allergy to house dust.