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January 29, 1996 AAAAI

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Below are highlights of studies published in the December 1995 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). The full text of these studies may be obtained through the AAAAI public relations office.

NEW STUDY SHOWS CLOTHING IS
AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF MITE ALLERGEN

MILWAUKEE--Commonly reported sources of house dust mite allergens are beds, floors, soft furnishings, and soft toys. A new study reports that clothing is an equally important source of mite allergen. Researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia, tested clothing from 20 staff members and discovered the mite allergen concentration of clothing was similar to those found in floors and beds in Sydney. In addition, half the items tested contained live mites.

The results suggest that clothing has the potential to be a potent source of mite allergens. "The allergens found in clothing could come from many sources, including circulating aeroallergens in houses, and allergens picked up when items were laid on furnishings, floors, and bed," note the researchers. Criteria for choosing clothing in mite-allergic patients should recognize the need regular washing, preferably in hot water (55oC/131oF). Clothing should be stored under dry conditions or laundered after prolonged summer storage, the researchers conclude.

The AAAAI is the largest national medical organization representing allergists, clinical immunologists, and allied health professionals. Established in 1943, the Academy has more than 5,000 members in the United States, Canada, and 41 other countries.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: These studies were published in the peer-reviewed, scientific journal of the AAAAI, but do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of the AAAAI.


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