Allergic reactions to arthropods are some of the most important factors involved in the development of asthma and the precipitation of attacks. Although sensitization to arthropods occurs most frequently in atopic individuals,continual exposure induces parallel sensitivities in a high percentage of non-atopics. The allergens involved are numerous, and although there is a degree of cross-reactivity most arthropod groups exhibit specific allergens that may be of somatic or excremental origin. Prevention is largely dependent upon allergen avoidance measures.

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