|Document ID (ISN)||101469|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
|Convention or series no.
||Conde-Salazar L., Gatica M.E., Barco L., Iglesias C., Cuevas M., Valks R.
||Latex allergy among construction workers
||Sep. 2002, Vol.47, No.3, p.154-156. 9 ref.
||A total of 230 construction workers who attended the dermatology department of a university clinic between 1996 and 2000 were studied. 54 (23.5%) patients reported intolerance to rubber gloves or boots and were subjected to skin tests. Latex-specific IgE levels were measured when latex prick tests were positive. 16 patients (7%) had a positive prick test to latex, of whom 14 (6.1%) had allergic contact urticaria from latex. The level of latex-specific IgE was greater than 0.35kU/L in 15 of the 16 patients. In conclusion, the incidence of latex allergic contact urticaria may be as high in construction workers as in health care workers. Most of these construction workers had a concurrent hypersensitivity to chromate or rubber chemicals which may have facilitated sensitization to latex.
||allergens; construction industry; skin diseases; latex
||protective gloves; sensitization; immunoglobulins; Spain; skin allergies; eczema; urticaria; rubber chemicals; cement; hospitals; allergy tests; skin tests; medical examinations; chromium and compounds; irritants
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Spain|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Construction industry and civil engineering