Comparison of Living and Bedrooms in Terms of House Dust Mites in the Province of Erzincan, Turkey


ZEYTUN E. , DOĞAN S. , ÖZÇİÇEK F. , ÜNVER E. , Dilkaraoglu S.

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY, vol.53, no.1, pp.26-30, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/jme/tjv186
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.26-30
  • Keywords: house dust mite, allergy, living room, bedroom, Erzincan, DERMATOPHAGOIDES-PTERONYSSINUS TROUESSART, ALLERGEN LEVELS, FAUNA, ACARI, PYROGLYPHIDAE, POPULATION, PREVALENCE, ABUNDANCE, GALICIA

Abstract

The most important factors in development of symptoms such as allergic asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and dermatitis in atopic persons are the allergens of house dust mites. The objective of this study was to compare living rooms and bedrooms, and woolen and spring mattresses in terms of the number and species of mites in houses in the province of Erzincan, Turkey. In total, 74 dust samples were collected from living rooms and bedrooms of 37 randomly selected houses from various districts of the city. All examined houses were positive for house dust mites. In total, 5,210 mites were isolated, 1,058 from the living rooms and 4,152 from the bedrooms, and the differences were statistically significant (P < 0.05). Of 4,152 mites detected in bedrooms, 1,330 (32%) were isolated from 31 spring mattresses and 2,822 (68%) from 6 woolen mattresses (P < 0.001). The study identified 14 families, 17 genera, and 16 species belonging to Astigmata, Prostigmata, and Oribatida. Of these, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Trouessart) was the dominant species: living rooms, 63.3%; bedrooms, 74.4%; woolen mattresses, 84.6%; and spring mattresses, 52.8%. This was followed by Lepidoglyphus destructor (Schrank) (9.8%), Dermatophagoides farinae Hughes (5.1%), Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Schrank) (4.3%), and Acarus siro L. (2.5%) in living rooms; L. destructor (11.2%), Euroglyphus maynei (Cooreman) (4.2%), D. farinae (3.8%), and T. putrescentiae (1.0%) in bedrooms; L. destructor (11.8%), D. farinae (2.1%), E. maynei (0.3%), and T. putrescentiae (0.2%) in woolen mattresses; and E. maynei (12.5%), L. destructor (9.9%), D. farinae (7.5%), and T. putrescentiae (2.7%) in spring mattresses.