Prevention of Work-related Asthma: Study Search

Prevention LevelSecondary
AuthorAllmers
Study Year1998
CountryGermany
Molecular Weight of AgentHMW
Agent CategoryPlants
Specific AgentLatex
Occupation Health care workers
Outcome/DiagnosisNatural rubber latex allergy
Activity Intervention Substitution of agent (switching to non-natural rubber latex (NRL) gloves)
Participation Rate90 of 211 eligible subjects (Participation rate: 43%)
Intervention EffectivenessSix of 7 subjects who reported glove-related allergic symptoms at baseline experienced decreases in latex-specific IgE antibodies during follow-up examination (p<0.003). NRL aeroallergens levels fell below detection limit within 24 hours after substitution of gloves. Limitation: no comparison group.
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