1564: Frequencies of allergic symptoms and cigarette smoking in health care staff and general population. Providing health is allergic

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U. Bilge1, I. Unluoglu1, N Son2, A Keskin3, Y Korkur Turmen4
1 FAMILY PHYSICIAN, ESKISEHIR OSMANGAZI UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE, ESKISEHIR, Turkey; 2 DIETICIAN, ESKISEHIR OSMANGAZI UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE, ESKISEHIR, Turkey; 3 FAMILY PHYSICIAN, CANKAYA 4TH PRIMARY CARE UNIT, ANKARA, Turkey; 4 FAMILY PHYSICIAN, DUMLUPINAR UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF MEDICINE, KUTAHYA, Turkey
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Aim: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the rates of allergic symptoms between general population and health care staff.
Method: ECRHS (European Community Respiratory Health Survey) questionnaire was applied and cigarette smoking history was evaluated in a both groups. Patients’ history of upper respiratory tract infection in a year was evaluated retrospectively. A median of upper respiratory infection (URI) which is equal to 2/year was calculated and comparisons between two groups were performed statistically. All statistical analyses were performed by using IBM SPSS 20 software.
Results: Total of 207 adult patients (108 female, 99 male, aged 33,18 ± 9,32 (median± std.dev) years) were included to study. When the health care staff group was compared with general population, significantly higher rates of non- infectious (allergic) rhinitis (60.6% vs 35.9%; pDiscussion: Occupational respiratory diseases are usually underestimated. Health care providers should pay attention to become familiar with the workplace environment and the environmental causes of occupational rhinitis and asthma.

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