Researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin investigating latex allergy in healthcare workers have demonstrated that the most effective public health strategy to prevent allergic sensitization is by stopping the use of powdered latex gloves. Previous medical studies pointed out this association of latex allergy to powdered latex glove use but were not able to completely confirm this link in specific workers.
Occupational asthma is caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust, or other potentially harmful substances while “on the job.” Often, your symptoms are worse during the days or nights you work, improve when you have time off, and start again when you go back to work.
Latex gloves have proved effective in preventing transmission of many infectious diseases to healthcare workers. But for some workers, exposures to latex may result in allergic reactions. Reports of such reactions have increased in recent years – especially among healthcare workers.
If you wheeze or have trouble breathing only when you are at work, you may have occupational asthma. Some 200 substances – gases, vapors, and organic and inorganic dusts – found in manufacturing workplaces and among certain occupations have been identified as causes of asthma. It’s estimated that some 11 million workers are exposed to one of these substances.
Occupational contact dermatitis and asthma are two of the most common work-related health issues facing workers worldwide, according to experts presenting the latest research at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Did you know that your job could trigger allergies and asthma? Occupational asthma, defined as a lung disorder caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust, or other potentially harmful substances while on the job, is the most prevalent work-related disease in developed countries.