The allergenic importance of house dust and storage mites in asthmatics in Brunei, S.E. Asia

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  • Authors:
  • A. A. Woodcock
  • A. M. Cunnington


Examination of dust from sleeping areas showed that storage mites, especially Glycophagid species, were predominant in Brunei house dust. On skin testing sixty asthmatics with 1% extracts of six mite species, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus was found to provoke the greatest number of positive skin reactions (66.7%), but positive reactions for Tyrophagus putrescentiae (50%), Acarus siro (35%), Glycyphagus domesticus (40%), and Lepidoglyphus destructor (45%) demonstrated that storage mites are also significant allergens. The role of storage mites in the causation of asthma in the tropics may have been underestimated.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-615
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Allergy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1980