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Document ID (ISN)101469
CIS number 03-314
ISSN - Serial title 0105-1873 - Contact Dermatitis
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Conde-Salazar L., Gatica M.E., Barco L., Iglesias C., Cuevas M., Valks R.
Title Latex allergy among construction workers
Bibliographic information Sep. 2002, Vol.47, No.3, p.154-156. 9 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; construction industry; skin diseases; latex
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; sensitization; immunoglobulins; Spain; skin allergies; eczema; urticaria; rubber chemicals; cement; hospitals; allergy tests; skin tests; medical examinations; chromium and compounds; irritants
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Construction industry and civil engineering
Skin diseases