Environmental Allergens

Each month we publish a newsletter titled IAQ Website of the Month.  The excerpt below was originally published in the February 2014 newsletter.

Sometimes I feel sorry for dust mites. How would you like it if your picture was used to sell vacuums, filters and carpet cleaning services? Does vacuuming and air cleaning even control dust mites?

This month’s featured website is an authoritative resource for all things related to environmental allergens.  The site is called Allergy Practice Parameters and comes from a joint task force of AAAAIACAAI.  The joint task force develops Practice Parameters, which are to be used by practicing physicians.  It can be time consuming to wade through all the new research and marketing propaganda to figure out the current state of the art.  The practice parameters act as a collective review of relevant and evidence-based information.

Currently there are four practice parameters on environmental allergy:

What I love about these practice parameters is that they have a scale for strength of evidence and strength of recommendation. Back to our question about vacuuming and air cleaning for dust mites. The following are found in the Dust Mite Allergy Practice Parameter:

  • Recommend regular vacuuming using cleaners that have high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration… [Recommendation: Strong]
  • HEPA filtration alone is of uncertain benefit for patients with mite allergy… [Recommendation: Weak]

I recommend you read the whole practice parameter to get the full context of these sound bites.

To visit this month’s featured website, visit: AAAAI/ACAAI Allergy Practice Parameters 

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By Ian Cull

I'm I.A.N. the Indoor Air Nerd. I'm a speaker and consultant on indoor air quality issues. To learn more about me, click "about" at the top of this page.

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