When mites attack: Domestic mites are not just allergens

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Domestic mite species found in indoor environments and in warm or tropical regions are well known for causing allergic disorders. However, little is known about human acariasis, in which mites invade and parasitize the human body in various tissues from the gastrointestinal tract to the lung. Here, we summarize the reported cases of human acariasis of pulmonary, intestinal, oral (anaphylaxis), urinary, otic, and vaginal systems. Because the clinical symptoms of acariasis often overlap with other disease symptoms leading to frequent misdiagnosis, we highlight the need for more attention on these infections.




Cui, Y. (2014, August 29). When mites attack: Domestic mites are not just allergens. Parasites and Vectors. BioMed Central Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-3305-7-411

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