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Cacosmia in healthy workers.
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PMID:  11314899     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Self-reported cacosmia (i.e. feeling ill from the odour of xenobiotic substances) was studied in 151 young, healthy workers, unexposed to unpleasant odours and working in food stores without air-conditioning. Almost half (46%) of the sample reported feeling ill from the smell of chemical materials. Chemical odour intolerance induced headache, itching eyes, irritated or congested nose, dry and/or sore throat, cough, dizziness, and itching or rash. Cacosmic subjects showed a slight prevalence of the female sex, and had significantly higher symptom scores, anxiety, and depression than non-cacosmic subjects. Cacosmia may be related to multiple chemical sensitivity, sick-building syndrome and psychopathology. Individual variability in odour tolerance may substantially bias epidemiological studies on indoor air quality and health.
N Magnavita
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of medical psychology     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0007-1129     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Med Psychol     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-20     Completed Date:  2001-07-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370640     Medline TA:  Br J Med Psychol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Occupational Medicine, Catholic University School of Medicine, Rome, Italy. nmagnavita@rm.unicatt.if
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollution, Indoor*
Mental Disorders / complications,  psychology
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity / complications,  psychology
Olfaction Disorders / epidemiology,  psychology*
Sex Factors
Sick Building Syndrome / psychology*
Xenobiotics / adverse effects
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