Occupational Asthma And Occupational Rhinitis In Hairdressers

Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Piedmont, Italy
Chest (Impact Factor: 7.48). 12/2005; 128(5):3590-8. DOI: 10.1378/chest.128.5.3590
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Hairdressers are at risk for occupational respiratory diseases, but the risk factors, causal agents, and underlying mechanisms are not completely defined.
To describe the features of a large group of hairdressers consecutively referred to our center for suspected occupational asthma (OA) over an 8-year period, the type of occupational respiratory diseases, the etiologic agents, and the diagnostic tests.
Forty-seven hairdressers (mean age, 25 years; range, 17 to 52 years) were studied. On the basis of the response to the specific inhalation challenge (SIC), 24 patients received a diagnosis of OA (51.1%), which was due to persulfate salts in 21 patients (87.5%), permanent hair dyes in 2 patients (8.3%), and latex in 1 patient (4.2%). Thirteen of these 24 patients (54.2%) also received a diagnosis of occupational rhinitis, which was due to persulfate salts in 11 patients (84.6%) and to paraphenylenediamine in two patients (15.4%). Patients with persulfate asthma had a long period of exposure to bleaching agents, a long latent period between the start of exposure and the onset of symptoms, and a prevalent eosinophilic airway inflammation in induced sputum. The skin-prick test with ammonium persulfate performed in a subset of patients gave negative results
In the present study, we confirmed that persulfate salts are the major agents involved in OA and occupational rhinitis in hairdressers. The positive response to the SIC in only a part of the population of symptomatic exposed workers, the period between the starting of exposure and the onset of symptoms, the type of response to the SIC, and the high frequency of association of asthma with other diseases such as dermatitis and rhinitis suggest an immunologic mechanism that remains to be elucidated.

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    • "Asthma induced by low molecular weight (LMW) chemicals (Sastre et al., 2003) at the workplace is a common type of allergy, as 15–20% of all asthma cases are due to this type of exposure. Occupational asthma is described for several work environments, such as hospitals (Vellore et al., 2006) and hair salons (Moscato et al., 2005), and the socioeconomic-and medical impact is significant (Mapp et al., 2005; Toren and Blanc, 2009). There are currently no widely accepted tests available to identify respiratory sensitizers. "
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    • "In certain studies, it was demonstrated that major agents that caused occupational asthma and occupational rhinitis in hairdressers were persulphate salts. Hairdressers are at risk in respect of occupational respiratory diseases; however, risk factors, causing agents, and underlining mechanisms could not be defined exactly [22–24]. "
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