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Document ID (ISN)77356
CIS number 01-1479
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le mÚdecin du travail
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rosenberg N.
Title Occupational respiratory latex allergy
Original title Allergie respiratoire professionnelle au latex [in French]
Bibliographic information 4th Quarter 1999, No.80, p.381-387. 45 ref.
Abstract Latex allergy is linked to the presence of specific IgEs directed towards proteins present in natural latex and its derived manufactured products. In the occupational setting, evidence of rhinitis or asthma in subjects wearing gloves for carrying out their tasks, or involved in the manufacture of rubber objects suggests a diagnostic of allergy. Contact urticaria is often associated with respiratory symptoms when the sensitization is due to rubber gloves. The diagnostic includes the search for evidence of atopy, ear, nose and throat examinations, functional respiratory testing, immunological testing (skin tests, RAST or prick tests) and nasal and bronchial provocation tests. Pre-hiring interviews to identify individuals at risk and annual medical surveillance are among the preventive measures proposed. Use of non-powdered gloves reduces the incidence of respiratory sensitization. In the manufacture of latex products, efficient ventilation and an aspiration of dust at the source are recommended.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; allergic respiratory disorders; latex
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; protective gloves; rubber industry; France; allergic rhinitis; sensitization; skin allergies; urticaria; allergy tests; frequency rates; allergic asthma
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)