This Week’s Trending Topic is Latex Allergies.
At least 7.7 million people are employed in the growing healthcare industry. While there are no overall statistics on the prevalence of latex allergy in that workforce, studies do indicate that 8 to 12% of healthcare workers regularly exposed are sensitized, compared with 1 to 6% of the general population. Other workers who use natural latex gloves frequently are also at higher risk, such as hairdressers, housekeepers, and food service workers. Symptoms may progress from skin redness, hives, … read more …
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