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Allergy to house dust mite and snails: a model of cross-reaction between food and inhalant allergens with a clinical impact.

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  • 1Istituto di Clinica Pediatrica, University di Messina, Italy.


A knowledge of cross-reactions between different allergens can facilitate the diagnosis of allergy. IgE cross-reactivity has been identified between house dust mite and snails. While most patients have mild symptoms, asthma and/or anaphylaxis may occur with these and other cross-reacting foods. It may be worthwhile to include measurement of IgE to some edible invertebrate animals in asthmatics, e.g. in mite allergic asthmatic patients who eat snails.

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