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Table 1 Comparison of demographic variables and cleaning frequency between the groups

From: Comparison of microbiota and allergen profile in house dust from homes of allergic and non-allergic subjects- results from the GUSTO study

Variable Allergic group Non-allergic group p-value
N (%) N (%)  
Sex
 Male 20 (80.0) 12 (48.0) 0.04
 Female 5 (20.0) 13 (52.0)  
Ethnicity
 Chinese 15 (60.0) 12 (48.0) 0.6
 Malay 6 (24.0) 9 (36.0)  
 Indian 4 (16.0) 4 (16.0)  
Vaginal delivery 18 (72.0) 16 (64.0) 0.8
Cesarean delivery 7 (28.0) 9 (36.0)  
Maternal education level
 Less than 12 years 8 (33.3) 16 (64.0) 0.046
 At least 12 years 16 (66.7) 9 (36.0)  
Family history of allergy 15 (65.2) 13 (65.0) 0.1
No family history of allergy 8 (34.8) 7 (35.0)  
Staying in same house since birth of child 11 (44.0) 10 (40.0) 0.9
Moved house since birth of child 14 (56.0) 15 (60.0)  
No pets at home 21 (84.0) 21 (84.0) 0.9
Having pets at home 4 (16.0) 4 (16.0)  
Number of days since last cleaning of homea 1.8 ± 0.4 1.6 ± 0.3 0.6
Number of days since last cleaning of sofaa 12.6 ± 3.2 33.8 ± 13.0 0.1
Number of days since last change of mattress covera 9.3 ± 1.8 12.6 ± 18.5 0.4
  1. amean ± standard error mean