Environmental Remediation in the Treatment of Allergy and Asthma: Latest Updates

  • Lakiea S. Wright
  • Wanda PhipatanakulEmail author
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  1. Topical Collection on Allergies and the Environment


In the modern era, the prevalence of asthma and allergies are increasing. It has been speculated that environmental exposures are contributing to this rise. Several studies demonstrate that common indoor allergen exposures exacerbate asthma. Minimizing exposure to allergens and remediating the environment play a critical role in the treatment of asthma and allergies. The most effective environmental control measures are tailored multifaceted interventions which include education, thorough cleaning, using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, integrated pest management, and maintenance of these practices.


Asthma Allergen House dust mite Cat Dog Mold Endotoxin Cockroach Rodents Environmental tobacco smoke Air pollution Home remediation Integrated pest management 


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Conflict of Interest

This work was funded in part by NIH/NIAID R-01grant AI-073964, R01AI073964-02S1, K24 AI 106822, and NIH/NHLBI grant 1U10HL098102.

Lakiea S. Wright and Wanda Phipatanakul declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brigham and Women’s HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Boston Children’s HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Brigham and Women’s HospitalDivision of Rheumatology, Immunology and AllergyBostonUSA
  4. 4.Boston Children’s HospitalDivision of Immunology and AllergyBostonUSA

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