Journal of Undergraduate Research


dust mites, low-income homes, Utah County, asthma, chronic disease


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Health Science


Asthma is the leading chronic disease among children in U.S. Low-income populations, minorities, and children living in poor housing experience more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to asthma that the general population. HDM allergens are linked to the exacerbation of asthma and are found within homes all throughout the United States. Previous studies have shown that HDM exposure is lower in arid and semi-arid climates, such as Utah, but robust data is still lacking. Although HDM thrive in climates more humid than Utah, we have found that they are still present based on certain indoor environmental factors.

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