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Rev Mal Respir. 2008 Sep;25(7):821-7.

[Housing and health counselling services in the management of allergic respiratory disease].

[Article in French]

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Maison de l'Allergie et de l'environnement, Marseille, France.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Input from Housing and health counselling services is advisable when a patient's health seems to be impaired by their housing conditions.

METHODS:

650 home visits have been performed by our organisation since 2002. Each visit includes a questionnaire to assess respiratory as well as non-respiratory indoor risk factors, Acarex test to assess mite-allergen content in mattress dust, mould sampling and, when appropriate, air sampling for measurement of volatile organic compounds and aldehydes.

RESULTS:

The dwellings studied were mostly flats located in the downtown and occupied by a tenant. In most instances, several health hazards were identified. These hazards, in decreasing occurrence included: mold (74.4%), mite infestation in mattress dust (56.3%), cleaning products accessible to children's'hands (47.8%), dangerous electrical circuits (21.1%), exposure to chemical air pollutants (9.0%), exposure to an electromagnetic field (2.8%). Numerous fungal species were identified often occurring in association.

CONCLUSION:

This service allowed the identification of numerous and various health hazards. Its efficacy and effectiveness remains to be evaluated.

PMID:
18946407
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