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

Sharon K. Ahluwalia, Elizabeth C. Matsui

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-98.e3
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Childhood asthma
  • Cockroach allergen
  • Environmental interventions
  • Fungal allergens
  • Furry pet allergens
  • Indoor allergens
  • Inner-city asthma
  • Mouse allergen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy

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