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Document ID (ISN)74645
CIS number 00-484
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) de Zotti R., Muran A., Negro C.
Title Follow-up of allergic symptoms among nurses sensitised to latex
Original title Follow-up dei sintomi allergici in un gruppo di operatori sanitari sensibilizzati al lattice [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Jan.-Feb. 2000, Vol.91, No.1, p.53-60. 24 ref.
Abstract Hospital workers sensitized to latex and complaining of respiratory symptoms at work were studied. All 28 subjects were women who had worked for 12 years in departments with high, moderate or low exposure to rubber gloves; 20 also complained of latex skin symptoms; 25 were atopical. The specific inhalation test with latex gloves confirmed the diagnosis of asthma in 4 cases and of rhinitis in 13 cases. The workers were reinvestigated 14 months later. Overall, improvement of skin symptoms were observed in 74% and of respiratory symptoms in 56% of the cases. The persistence of symptoms was significantly higher among workers who continued to work in departments with high or moderate latexglove exposure. The results show that skin and respiratory symptoms were related to the use of powdered latex gloves and confirm the importance of primary prevention.
Descriptors (primary) latex; allergies; sensitization; allergic respiratory disorders; nursing personnel
Descriptors (secondary) allergic rhinitis; allergic asthma; individual susceptibility; long-term study; allergy tests; skin allergies
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Health care services