Occupational Allergy in Healthcare Workers
Neila Chaari, Amina Sakly, Charfeddine Amri, Awatef Mahfoudh, Mohamed A. Henchi, Taoufik Khalfallh, Nouri Bchir and Mohamed Akrout
Affiliation: Department of Occupational Medicine, University Hospital of Monastir; Tunisia.
Occupational healthcare may expose to various allergens and irritants. Thus, the allergic manifestations in nursing staff are frequent and their prevalence is increasing all over the world. In fact, many new substances continuously appear in the medical practices. These allergic manifestations include a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms such as ocular, nasal and especially bronchial symptoms, which can be isolated or associated. These diseases can be a source of many problems related to the occupational aptitude. All these conditions justify prevention procedure strengthening, which mainly consist in substituting the sensitizing agents, and applying collective and individual prevention measures. This article also refers to some patents on the treatment of allergy.
Keywords: Allergy, occupational, healthcare, dermatitis, asthma
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