Intended for healthcare professionals

The house dust mite and atopic dermatitis

Since 1922, there has been much research into microscopic arachnids that live in our homes. The ubiquitous house dust mite (HDM) has been charged with exacerbating all atopic disorders at some point in time. Patients and their families struggle with difficult skin conditions and eradicating these pests may seem an attractive, non-medicated adjunct to therapy. This article will review the research concerning the HDM and atopic dermatitis (AD). It aims to clarify exactly what the research shows and how this may be translated into practice.
Dermatology in practice 2007; 15(2): 12–13
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