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Increased house dust mite allergen in synthetic pillows may explain increased wheezing

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7096.1763b (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1763
  1. Julian Crane, Professorial research fellowa,
  2. Trudi Kemp, Senior research fellowa,
  3. Robert Siebers, Senior technical officera,
  4. Natalie Rains, Research assistanta,
  5. David Fishwick, Senior research fellowa,
  6. Penny Fitzharris, Clinical allergista
  1. a Wellington Asthma Research Group, Wellington School of Medicine, Wellington, New Zealand

    Editor—The letter by David Strachan and Iain M Carey examining the increased risk of wheezing associated with synthetic pillows seems confusing.1 It is not clear whether they have used whole mite extract or why they used 1 mm diameter weals as a cut off point when this will include non-atopic children. However, the increased risk of wheezing associated with synthetic pillows is potentially important, given …

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