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Work-Related Respiratory Symptoms and Airway Disease in Hairdressers

Author(s): GI Skoufi | E Nena | K Kostikas | GA Lialios | TC Constantinidis | Z Daniil | K Gourgoulianis

Journal: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
ISSN 2008-6520

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2 April;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Barbering | Occupational exposure | Respiratory tract diseases | Spirometry | Nitric oxide | Environmental exposure | Inhalation exposure

Background: Hairdressers are occupationally exposed to a number of agents in their workplace that result in respiratory symptoms and changes in pulmonary function.Objective: To evaluate associations between occupational exposure and respiratory function and reported symptoms in a group of hairdressers compared to a control group.Methods: A questionnaire on respiratory symptoms and workplace characteristics was completed by 94 hairdressers and 39 age- and sex-matched controls. Spirometry and exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) measurements were also performed.Results: Hairdressers reported more severe dyspnea (p=0.03) and eye (p=0.001) and throat (p=0.007) irritation, compared to the control group, at the workplace; no differences were noted at home. Lower FEV1/FVC (p

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