Journal article

House dust mite allergen levels in a Singapore hospital.

CM Quek, FT Chew, BW Lee, DY Goh, SH Lim, HT Tan, TK Tan, YY Gan

Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol | Published : 1994

Abstract

House dust mite allergens constitute one of the most important allergens in house dust. In this study, the levels of two common dust mite allergens, Der p I and Der f I, in a general hospital in Singapore were evaluated. Our results showed that these allergens were detected in 42/74 (or 57%) of the dust samples. Der p I was found to be the predominant allergen detected (p < 0.001). The allergen levels were, however, low with only 1/74 having a Der p I concentration above 2 micrograms g-1 dust. None of the samples had Der f I concentrations above this level. Of the various niches studied (mattresses, pillows, sofas, carpets, blinds and floors), the blinds and floors had the lowest concentrati..

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