Atopic symptoms among California veterinarians

Päivikki Susitaival, John H. Kirk, Marc B Schenker

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Abstract

Background: The prevalence of allergic symptoms among veterinarians has not been studied adequately. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to 2,000 California veterinarians; the return rate was 73% (N = 1416). Results: A history of either asthma, allergic rhinitis (AR), or atopic dermatitis (AD) was reported by 66% of respondents. AR was reported by 62%, asthma by 16%, and AD by 11%. Forty percent of the veterinarians reported animal related respiratory and/or skin symptoms. The most commonly reported causes of symptoms were cats and dogs. In multivariate logistic analysis, the significant risk factors for having adult asthma were the history of AR with the history of AD (OR 13.9), AR alone (OR 6.3), and asthma in childhood (OR 6.4). Conclusions: The prevalence of asthma and other atopic symptoms was high in the studied population. Most veterinarians with respiratory or skin symptoms reported the symptoms as being related to specific animal contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-171
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

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Veterinarians
Asthma
Atopic Dermatitis
History
Skin
Cats
Multivariate Analysis
Dogs
Allergic Rhinitis
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Animal allergy
  • Asthma
  • Atopy
  • Dermatitis
  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational diseases
  • Questionnaire study
  • Respiratory allergy

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Atopic symptoms among California veterinarians. / Susitaival, Päivikki; Kirk, John H.; Schenker, Marc B.

In: American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Vol. 44, No. 2, 01.08.2003, p. 166-171.

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Susitaival, Päivikki ; Kirk, John H. ; Schenker, Marc B. / Atopic symptoms among California veterinarians. In: American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2003 ; Vol. 44, No. 2. pp. 166-171.
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