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Korean J Pediatr 2012 September;55(9) :322-329.
Published online 2012 September 14.        doi:
Sensitization rates of airborne pollen and mold in children
So Hyun Park (Park SH)1, Dae Hyun Lim (Lim DH)1,2, Byong Kwan Son (Son BK)1,2, Jeong Hee Kim (Kim JH)1,2, Young Eun Song (Song YE)2, In Bo Oh (Oh IB)3, Yang Ho Kim (Kim YH)3, Keun Hwa Lee (Lee KW)4, Su Young Kim (Kim SY)4, Sung Chul Hong (Hong SC)4
1Department of Pediatrics, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
2Environmental Health Center, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea
3Environmental Health Center, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, Korea
4Environmental Health Center, Jeju National University College of Medicine, Jeju, Korea
Corresponding Author: Dae Hyun Lim ,Tel: +82-32-890-2843, Fax: +82-32-890-2844, Email:
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Purpose: Aeroallergens are important causative factors of allergic diseases. Previous studies on aeroallergen sensitization rates investigated patients groups that had visited pediatric allergy clinics. In contrast, we investigated sensitization rates in a general population group of elementary school to teenage students in Incheon, Jeju, and Ulsan. Methods: After obtaining parental consent, skin-prick tests were performed on 5,094 students between March and June 2010. Elementary school students were tested for 18 common aeroallergens, whereas middle and high school students were tested for 25 allergens. The 25 allergens included Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Dermatophagoides farinae, pollen (birch, alder, oak, Japanese cedar, pine, willow, elm, maple, Bermuda grass, timothy grass, rye grass, orchard grass, meadow grass, vernal grass, mugwort, Japanese hop, fat hen, ragweed, and plantain), and mold (Penicillatum, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Alternaria). Results: The sensitization rates in descending order were 25.79% (D. pteronyssinus ), 18.66% (D. farinae ), 6.20% (mugwort), and 4.07% (willow) in Incheon; 33.35% (D. pteronyssinus ), 24.78% (D. farinae), 15.36% (Japanese cedar), and 7.33% (Alternaria) in Jeju; and 32.79% (D. pteronyssinus), 30.27% (D. farinae), 10.13% (alder), and 8.68% (birch) in Ulsan. The dust mite allergen showed the highest sensitization rate among the 3 regions. The sensitization rate of tree pollen was the highest in Ulsan, whereas that of Alternaria was the highest in Jeju. The ragweed sensitization rates were 0.99% in Incheon, 1.07% in Jeju, and 0.81% in Ulsan. Conclusion: The differences in sensitization rates were because of different regional environmental conditions and distinct surrounding biological species. Hence, subsequent nationwide studies are required
Keywords: Allergens | Sensitization | Child
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