When we think about dust mite allergy, everyone thinks about breathing problems. Maybe even allergic rhinitis and even migraines or sinus issues. But you’d be hard pressed to find even an expert tying dust mites to a hand eruption.
That is exactly what a new study found. After inhaling dust mites, patients experienced a delayed asthmatic reaction and then had increased vesicles appear on their palms. So the body really does react as a single unit. Perhaps it is time for us to stop treating it like separate little pieces that don’t relate to each other.
Contact Dermatitis, 11/01/2012
Schuttelaar MLA et al. – To investigate the effect of inhalation of house dust mite (HDM) on vesicular hand eczema. Hand eczema increased significantly more after HDM provocation than after placebo provocation. An increase in the number of vesicles was preceded by late asthmatic reactions. The group patients with an increase of hand eczema tended to have a higher mean total IgE level.
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