Hong Kong Med J 1997;3:211-7 | Number 2, June 1997
Allergic sensitisation to common environmental allergens in adult asthmatics in Hong Kong
R Leung, CWK Lam, A Ho, JKW Chan, D Choy, CKW Lai
Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
The relationship between immediate skin reactivity to common allergens and adult asthma is not well defined. We retrospectively evaluated the profile of allergen sensitisation to common environmental allergens in 666 adult asthma patients at an asthma clinic in a teaching hospital in Hong Kong. Four hundred and seventy-one asthmatics (70.7%) were atopic; there were more males than females, although the difference did not reach statistical significance. The skin test positively rate decreased significantly with age so that asthmatics aged 35 years and older were four to six times less likely to be atopic and eight to 12 times less likely to be allergic to Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, compared with young asthmatics aged 15 to 24 years (P
Key words: Asthma; Hypersensitivity: Hong Kong
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