All you need to know about the house dust mite
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Study a major cause of allergy in school

Attention teachers. For students of all ages, below are the five steps that can be taken in the study of the house dust mite and why its ancient history, biology, and ecology can be the cause of allergic asthma, rhinitis and dermatitis. The depth of the study can be adjusted to reflect the age or requirement of each student or class.
  1. The evolution and variety of mites
  2. Evidence suggesting house dust mites were close relatives of mange mite parasites
  3. Biology and ecology of the modern house dust mite
  4. Harm caused by house dust mites to health
  5. How to control infestation indoors
  6. Rewards of controlling dust mite exposure including social and health benefits

All references needed can be obtained from a good medical library or from on-line searches, including

The House Dust Mite, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus

Image courtesy of The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


'The Biology of Allergenic Domestic Mites, An Update', Barbara J. Hart,1995 Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology Vol.13, pages 115 to 133. Humana Press Inc

'Dust Mies' Dr Matthew J. Colloff, 2009, 'Springer' ISBN: 9789048122233

'Is Permanent Parasitism Reversible? - Critical Evidence from Early Evolution of House Dust Mites', Pavel B Kilmov, Barry O'Connor, 'Oxford University Press' on behalf of the Society of Systemic Biologists (2013) doi: 10. 1093/sysbio/syt008 First published Feb. 15, 2013

Mites: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, D.E. Walter, H.C Proctor, 1999, CABI Publishing, ISBN 0 85199 375 3

'Manchester Asthma and Allergy Study: Low-allergen environment can be achieved and maintained during pregnancy and in early life', Custovic A et al, 2000, J. Clin. Immunol. 105, No.2, Part 1, pages 252 to 258.

'Results of a Home-Based Environmental Intervention among Urban Children with Asthma', Morgan W J et al, 2004: 351: p 1068-80, New England Journal of Medicine

The Biochemistry of Common Aeroallergens, G.A. Stewart, P.J. Thompson Clin, & Exper. Allergy, 1996, Vol. 26, pages 1920-1044