To evaluate the prevalence of latex sensitisation and latex-related symptoms, we performed a study on 837 hospital employees. All subjects were asked for medical and occupational history, and underwent Skin Prick Test (SPT) with latex and other airborne allergens. The results showed a prevalence of latex sensitisation of 6.1% and a prevalence of symptoms of 5.26%. The most frequent symptoms were oculorhinitis, dermatitis and asthma. The one-year retrospective evaluation showed, in a group of 767 hospital attendants selected by the whole population, an incidence of sensitisation of 0.26%; no new cases of latex-related symptomatology were observed. The improvement of symptoms was due to the reduction of the exposure to latex gloves. The results of the study confirm the importance of prevention strategies.
|Titolo:||Retrospective study on the prevalence of latex allergic pathology in health personnel|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|