Determinants of dust mite allergen concentrations in infant bedrooms in Tasmania.
D Couper, AL Ponsonby, T Dwyer
Clinical & Experimental Allergy | Published : 1998
BACKGROUND: High exposure to house dust mite allergen during the first year of life has been found to increase the risk of subsequent asthma and mite sensitization. Environmental factors, home construction and cleaning methods used are associated with levels of dust mites in the home. OBJECTIVE: To investigate determinants of levels of Der p 1 and Der f 1 mite allergens in homes of infants in southern Tasmania. METHODS: Dust samples were collected from 72 homes of infants participating in the Tasmanian Infant Health Survey (TIHS). The Der p 1 and Der f 1 allergen concentrations in these samples were measured. The TIHS interviewers obtained information from the mothers of the infants via a qu..View full abstract