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Document ID (ISN)107683
CIS number 08-89
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kreiss K., Esfahani R.S., Antao V.C.S., Odencrantz J., Lezotte D.C., Hoffman R.E.
Title Risk factors for asthma among cosmetology professionals in Colorado
Bibliographic information Oct. 2006, Vol.48, No.10, p.1062-1069. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract There have been several reports of asthma among cosmetology professionals. This study examined the prevalence, work-attributable risk and tasks associated with asthma in this sector. A stratified random sample of cosmeticians, manicurists, barbers and cosmetologists holding licenses in the State of Colorado were selected for a mail survey. The prevalence of physician-diagnosed asthma among the 1883 respondents (68% response rate) was 9.3%; of these, 38% developed asthma after entering the cosmetology profession. Multivariate analyses showed that hairstyling, the application of artificial nails and shaving and honing were significantly associated with asthma arising in the course of employment with relative risks of 2.6-2.9. It is concluded that the increased risk of asthma with onset during employment among cosmetologists is probably attributable to exposure to sensitizers and irritants in tasks demonstrated to be associated with asthma.
Descriptors (primary) Colorado; asthma; beauty parlours; risk factors; hairdressing
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; USA; symptoms; frequency rates; diagnosis; cross-sectional study; statistical evaluation; sensitizers
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Hairdressing & beauty parlours
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)