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Title: Indoor Environmental Interventions for Furry Pet Allergens, Pest Allergens, and Mold: Looking to the Future.

Authors: Ahluwalia, Sharon K; Matsui, Elizabeth C

Published In J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract, (2018 Jan - Feb)

Abstract: Over the last 2 to 3 decades, significant advances have been made in understanding the role that indoor allergen exposures play with regard to respiratory health. Multiple studies have confirmed that sensitization and exposure to indoor allergens can be a risk factor for asthma morbidity. Environmental interventions targeting key indoor allergens have been evaluated with the aims of examining their causal effects on asthma-related outcomes and identifying clinically efficacious interventions to incorporate into treatment recommendations. Historically, it appeared that the most successful intervention, as performed in the Inner-City Asthma Study, was individually tailored, targeting multiple allergens in a predominantly low-income, minority, and urban pediatric population. Recent studies suggest that single-allergen interventions may be efficacious when targeting the most clinically relevant allergen for a population. In this article, we review recent literature on home environmental interventions and their effects on specific indoor allergen levels and asthma-related outcomes.

PubMed ID: 29310769 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Air Pollution, Indoor/adverse effects; Allergens/immunology; Animal Fur/immunology; Animals; Asthma/prevention & control*; Child; Cockroaches/immunology; Environmental Exposure/adverse effects; Fungi/immunology*; Humans; Hypersensitivity/therapy*; Pets; Risk Factors; Treatment Outcome; Urban Population*

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