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The role of inhalant food allergens in occupational asthma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20589484     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Workers handling food products and derivatives are at increased risk of developing occupational asthma. Exposure to food allergens occurs primarily through inhalation of dust, steam, vapors, and aerosolized proteins generated during cutting, scrubbing or cleaning, cooking or boiling, and drying activities. Suspicion of the diagnosis of occupational asthma should lead to proper investigation to confirm the diagnosis objectively. Most inhaled food allergy is IgE mediated, and skin prick tests or specific IgE tests are useful tools to support the diagnosis, but objective evidence of asthma by monitoring of peak expiratory flows at and off work or specific inhalation challenges offers a better diagnostic value. This article provides a list of the various foods, food additives, and contaminants that have been associated with occupational asthma.
André Cartier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current allergy and asthma reports     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1534-6315     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Allergy Asthma Rep     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-23     Completed Date:  2010-12-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101096440     Medline TA:  Curr Allergy Asthma Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  349-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, 5400 Boulevard Gouin Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Allergens / adverse effects*
Asthma / etiology*
Food / adverse effects*
Food Additives / adverse effects
Food Hypersensitivity / etiology*
Inhalation Exposure / adverse effects*,  prevention & control
Occupational Diseases / etiology*,  prevention & control
Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*,  prevention & control
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Allergens; 0/Food Additives

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