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These citations on the effect of laundering of blankets and clothing on reducing allergen exposure are provided for allergy specialists and other medical professionals. A full understanding of the role of washing of textiles in allergen avoidance requires a critical reading of the complete text of these and other studies on allergen-avoidance, washing, indoor allergens, and allergic conditions including asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.
AUTHORS: McDonald LG; Tovey E
AFFILIATION: Department of Medicine, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
SOURCE: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 1992 Oct;90(4 Pt 1):599-608
CITATION IDS: PMID: 1401643 UI: 93017539
The effects of various laundry procedures on house dust mites and their allergens have been established. All mites were killed by water temperatures 55 degrees C or greater. Killing at lower temperatures was not enhanced by any of the pure detergents or laundry products tested. A cold cycle of laundry washing with or without laundry powder did not remove most live mites from bedding; however, the allergen concentration (Der p I/gm fine dust) was reduced by more than 90%. Dry cleaning did not reduce the allergen concentration of the dust, although most, if not all, mites were killed.
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