House Dust Mites and Skin Disease in Humans

  • John O’Donel Alexander


Dust associated with mite-infested stored grain, food, copra etc. is so full of mites, shed exuvia and mite excretory products as to consist of little eise. House dust throughout the world also contains a variety of mites, although never to the same extent. Cunnington (1967) listed 19 species in dust collected from the houses of asthmatics in the London area, whilst Hewitt et al. (1973) identified 38 different species in dust from houses, clothing and the persons of patients with various skin diseases. Others have supported these findings (Oshima 1964; Voorhorst 1967; Cunnington and Gregory 1968; Maunsell et al. 1968; Haarvov and Alani 1970; Sesay and Dobson 1972; personal observations by the present writer). Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Fig. 20.1) and D. farinae (Fig. 20.2) were the dominant species, and others commonly found were Euroglyphus maynei (Fig. 20.3), Goheria fusca (Fig. 20.4), Acarus siro (see Fig. 3.2, p. 12), Glycyphagus domesticus (see Fig. 21.4, p. 349), Tyrophagus putrescentiae (see Fig. 21.1, p. 347) and predatory mites of the genus Cheyletus (Fig. 20.5). Some species were found only in tropical house dust (Fain et al. 1969; Hunponu-Wusu and Somorin 1978).


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  • John O’Donel Alexander
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

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