Cent Eur J Public Health. 2014;22(4):262-5.
doi: 10.21101/cejph.a3912. PubMed PMID: 25622485
Prevalence of Latex Allergy among Healthcare Workers in Izmir (Turkey)
Şükran Köse1, Aliye Mandıracıoğlu2, Bengü Tatar1, Selma Gül1, Mehmet Erdem1
1Allergy-Immunology Unit, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
2Department of Public Health, Medical Faculty, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
The purpose of this study was to determine prevalence of natural rubber latex (NRL) allergy among healthcare employees and identify sensitive individuals. A total of 1,115 healthcare workers (HCWs) employed in Izmir Tepecik Education and Research Hospital participated in the study. Information on age, gender, occupation, history of allergy, and complaints were collected through a questionnaire. Serum latex-specific IgE level was determined. Among HCWs enrolled in the study, prevalence of latex sensitization was determined as 4.2%. More frequent occurrence of latex allergy was detected among nurses. Family history of allergy and history of personal food allergy were significantly more often noted among individuals with latex allergy. Latex is considered to be the leading source of occupational health problems.
Keywords: latex, allergy, healthcare workers
Address for correspondence: S. Köse, Izmir Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Clinic of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Gaziler Street 468, Yenisehir, Konak, 35220 Izmir, Turkey. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org