Tailors and seamstresses at risk of chronic bronchitis

4 Jun

tailors and seamstresses could experience à higher risk of chronic bronchitis a Chinese study found:

English: A tailor at work in Hong Kong. Deutsc...

English: A tailor at work in Hong Kong. Deutsch: Ein Schneider bei der Arbeit, in Hong Kong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Banjul, tailor

English: Banjul, tailor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tailor

Tailor (Photo credit: nibaq)

A tailor shop in Phuket

A tailor shop in Phuket (Photo credit: sama sama – massa)

English: Tailor in Nizwa Français : Tailleur p...

English: Tailor in Nizwa Français : Tailleur pour dames à Nizwa (Oman) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Acute bronchitis schema

Acute bronchitis schema (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(quoted) “Persons reporting exposure to cotton dust more often indicated work in the cotton textile industry (14 percent) or as a tailor or seamstress (71 percent) than in the other industries or occupations listed on our questionnaire. We found an association between being a tailor or seamstress and chronic bronchitis (OR = 1.35, 95 percent CI: 0.88, 2.06), chronic phlegm (OR = 1.39, 95 percent CI: 1.14, 1.70), or chronic dry cough (OR = 1.32, 95 percent CI: 0.88, 1.99)” end of quotation.
According to the authors of the study the causes could be probably found in the exposure to cotton dust: (quoted ) “Cotton dust exposure was associated with non chronic cough or phlegm (OR = 1.40, 95 percent CI: 1.19, 1.64), chronic phlegm (OR = 1.36, 95 percent CI: 1.09, 1.69), and chronic bronchitis (OR = 1.71, 95 percent CI: 1.13, 2.60)” (end of quotation).

More information:

1) reference in Vancouver convention format:
Levan TD, Koh WPP, Lee HPP, Koh D, Yu MC, London SJ. Vapor, dust, and smoke exposure in relation to adult-onset asthma and chronic respiratory symptoms: the Singapore Chinese Health Study. American journal of epidemiology. 2006 Jun;163(12):1118-1128. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwj144.

2) Full text pdf of the article:

Am. J. Epidemiol.-2006-LeVan-1118-28

4 Responses to “Tailors and seamstresses at risk of chronic bronchitis”

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  2. Joesph Fiedtkou February 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Bronchitis is a serious but common inflammatory condition of the lungs. Inflammation of the lungs causes redness, swelling, mucus production, and pain. There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. In acute bronchitis, inflammation occurs as a result of a cold, sore throat, or viral infection. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a dry cough that progressively becomes productive. Prolonged acute bronchitis that continues for several weeks often develops into pneumonia. In chronic bronchitis, inflammation occurs as a result of exposure to tobacco smoke or other irritants. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, severe coughing, and phlem. Prolonged chronic bronchitis with coughing that lasts over many years can lead to permanent damage of lung tissue causing disability or even death.-

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