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Occupational Allergies

Managing occupational asthma: the best treatment is avoidance or minimization of exposure to the responsible agent, although often it is difficult for the patient to change his job without adverse socio-economic consequences such as income losses. Pharmacological treatment is the same as for subjects with asthma.

Managing occupational rhinitis: complete avoidance of causal exposure may induce adverse socioeconomic consequences, such as unemployment and income loss. Consequently, reduction of exposure, pharmacological treatment and close medical surveillance may be considered an acceptable approach.

Managing occupational dermatitis: it is based on strict avoidance of causative substances and local pharmacological treatment.
Managing occupational latex allergy: In the case of contact urticaria, it is usually effective for the patient to use powder-free latex gloves or non-latex gloves (vinyl or nitrile gloves). If the nose is involved, it is mandatory that all co-workers of the patient use powder-free latex gloves, as the lubricant powder releases latex particles in the work environment where latex allergens can be inhaled. In the case of asthma and contact dermatitis, a complete avoidance of latex gloves and other latex products is suggested.