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Occupational rhinosinusitis.

Journal article
Authors Johan Hellgren
Published in Current allergy and asthma reports
Volume 8
Issue 3
Pages 234-9
ISSN 1529-7322
Publication year 2008
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Pages 234-9
Language en
Links www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Keywords Humans, Occupational Diseases, diagnosis, etiology, psychology, Quality of Life, Rhinitis, diagnosis, etiology, psychology, Sinusitis, diagnosis, etiology, psychology, Sleep
Subject categories Otorhinolaryngology

Abstract

In contrast to most allergic rhinitis and nasal hyperresponsiveness, occupational rhinosinusitis offers a unique and effective measure-control of exposure-to reduce its medical impact on patients. Prospective data from adolescents introduced to the work environment show that working in high-risk environments results in a higher incidence of rhinitis compared with those not employed in such settings. Data also show that the highest incidence of occupational rhinosinusitis is found during the first months of exposure to irritants and sensitizers, emphasizing the importance of early prevention. The study of occupational rhinosinusitis is complicated by factors related to poor definitions, clear-cut differentiation from other nasal inflammatory disease, and the industrial, economic, and political considerations in the implementation of preventive measures. This review focuses on new insights on occupational rhinosinusitis, including the impact on health-related quality of life.

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