Hairdressers at Risk for Occupational Asthma

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Hairdressers at Risk for Occupational Asthma

By Michael Smith, MedPage Today Staff Writer
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor at the University of PennsylvaniaSchool of Medicine.
November 25, 2005

PAVIA , Italy , Nov. 25 - The bleaching agents used by hairdressers can cause occupational asthma and rhinitis, say researchers here.

The finding comes from an eight-year series study of 47 hairdressers who were referred to the allergy and immunology unit at the Scientific Institute of Pavia here, according to Gianna Moscato, M.D., head of the allergy unit.

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Reference article:
Moscato G et al. Occupational Asthma and Occupational Rhinitis in Hairdressers. CHEST. 2005; 128:3590-3598

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