Aquatic Insects as Inhalant Allergens : A Review of American Literature
Creators:Henson, E. B.
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v66 n5 (September, 1966), 529-532
his article reviews American literature concerning the matter of certain aquatic insects as causes of allergic distress. The effects of bites and stings are not included. Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) were cited as a cause of hay fever as early as 1913. Inhalation of body fragments of mayflies is believed to be the causative agent. Similar medical histories are associated with the caddisflies (Trichoptera). The incidence of sensitivity to these insects is sufficiently large to consider this problem to be of general medical interest. Some evidence indicates that persons continually exposed to these insects could develop sensitivities to them. Allergists are now studying the biochemical and immunological aspects of insect allergy. A selected list of references is included with the article
Author Institution: University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
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