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Measures to controlling house dust mites are not effective

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Chemical and physical methods of reducing exposure to house dust mite allergens have not been recommended by a cochrane review.

The authors based their conclusion on the review of 54 trials that studied mite control measures verses a placebo or no treatment. Thirty-six trials assessed physical methods, 10 chemical methods and eight a combination of both.

No evidence of an improvement in symptom scores or a reduction in the use of medication was found as a result of these interventions.

The authors commented that many of the trials were of poor quality and were doubtful that similar studies would be worthwhile.

But Allergy UK disagrees with the findings. John Collard, Allergy UK’s Clinical Director stated that current guidelines, including NICE guidelines on management of eczema and British Thoracic Society guidelines on Asthma mention the importance of identifying and avoidance of allergens.

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