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Work-related asthma-like symptoms among florists.

Authors
Akpinar-Elci-M; Elci-OC; Odabasi-A
Source
Chest 2004 Jun; 125(6):2336-2339
NIOSHTIC No.
20025159
Abstract
In this study, we evaluated the prevalence of work-related asthma-like symptoms and possible risk factors among florists in Turkey. We collected questionnaire data from 128 florists, and investigated occupational history and respiratory, ocular, dermal, and nasal symptoms. We evaluated pulmonary function tests with spirometry and atopy by using the skin-prick test. Possible risk factors were analyzed by age-adjusted, smoking-adjusted, and gender-adjusted logistic regression models comparing symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. The prevalence of work-related asthma-like symptoms was 14.1% (18 patients). We observed excess risk with a high work intensity (odds ratio [OR], 7.3; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1 to 51.8) and long work duration (OR, 5.1; 95% CI, 1.2 to 21.6). Florists with work-related asthma-like symptoms were 5.9 times more likely (95% CI, 1.4 to 24.3) to have a positive skin test response to a flower mix allergen. We also observed an excess risk for work-related asthma-like symptoms among those with allergic rhinitis (OR, 13.2; 95% CI, 3.1 to 56.4) and conjunctivitis (OR, 8.4; 95% CI, 2.4 to 29.2). The most prominent risk factors in florists were work intensity, work duration, and specific atopy.
Keywords
Occupational-respiratory-disease; Respiratory-hypersensitivity; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Work-analysis; Allergic-disorders; Allergies; Spirometry; Pulmonary-function-tests; Gardeners; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Author Keywords: asthma; atopy; flower; occupation; work intensity
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Diseases Studies, Mail Stop H-2800, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
CHETBF
Publication Date
20040601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mra8@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0012-3692
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
Chest
State
WV
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