The role of house dust mites in the etiology of Atopic Dermatitis.

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The problem of the relationship between atopic dermatitis and house dust mites is investigated. The data supporting a role of these mites in the pathogenesis of the disease are reviewed. It is unlikely that a sensitisation to mites can initiate atopic dermatitis. On the other hand, it seems more feasible that atopic dermatitis may en­courage sensitisation to mites by increasing antigen penetration, and that mites anti­gens may thereafter aggravate the disease. 

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