Ucgun I, Ozdemir N, Metintas M, Metintas S, Erginel S, Kolsuz M, Prevalence of occupational asthma among automobile and furniture painters in the center of Sekisehir (Turkey): the effects of atopy and smoking habits on occupational asthma, Allergy, 1998;53:1096-1100,

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For determination of the prevalence of occupational asthma among car and furniture painters exposed to isocyanate in the centre of Eskisehir, Turkey, a clinical and epidemiologic prospective study in three phases was done. In the first phase of the study, a modified questionnaire and pulmonary function test (PFT) were done. During the second phase, peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) was monitored. In the third phase, non specific bronchial provocation tests (NSBPT) with histamine were done. Finally, through questionnaire, typical history, PFT, PEFR monitoring, and NSBPT, 30 workers (9.6%) were diagnosed as having occupational asthma. Smoking habits and atopy in the occupational asthma-diagnosed workers were found to be statistically significantly high in comparison to the other workers. It was concluded that occupational asthma is a common disorder among automobile and furniture painters, and smoking habits and atopy were seen to have a significant effect on occupational asthma occurrence.

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