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Title: Age-specific prevalence of outdoor and indoor aeroallergen sensitization in boston
Authors: William J. Sheehan
Pitud A. Rangsithienchai
Sachin N. Baxi
Andrea Gardynski
Apinya Bharmanee
Elliot Israel
Wanda Phipatanakul
Children's Hospital Boston
Harvard Medical School
Northwestern University
Mahidol University
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2010
Citation: Clinical Pediatrics. Vol.49, No.6 (2010), 579-585
Abstract: Questions exist regarding the appropriate age for referral of an atopic child to an allergist for environmental skin prick testing. This study evaluates age-specific prevalence of sensitization to aeroallergens from infancy through adolescence. A total of 1394 patients were skin tested, with 57.2% being sensitized to at least 1 aeroallergen. In children younger than 2, the authors found that 26.5% were sensitized, including to dogs (15.5%) and cats (9.2%). Additionally, tree sensitization was demonstrated in the youngest age group (7.8% at 0-2 years; 17.1% at 2-4 years), including in 3 infants less than 1 year old. Sensitization rates to dust mites and trees were the highest in all ages above 4 years, with a peak tree sensitization of 56.4% at 10 to 12 years and a peak dust mite sensitization of 56.8% in the >12 group. Overall, the authors observed increasing sensitization rates throughout childhood for indoor and outdoor aeroallergens (P <.001). Aeroallergen sensitization begins at a young age and increases during childhood. © 2010 The Author(s).
ISSN: 00099228
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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