Liisa K Airaksinen

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OBJECTIVES The purpose of the study was to evaluate the usefulness and clinical value of the nasal provocation test (NPT) with various allergens and non-IgE-mediated irritants in the diagnostics assessing occupational rhinitis. METHODS A large number nasal provocation data from patients with suspected occupational rhinitis was evaluated retrospectively.(More)
BACKGROUND Baker's asthma and rhinitis are among the most common occupational diseases. Inhaled cereal flours, such as wheat, especially cause this disease. OBJECTIVE To identify and test in vivo clinically important wheat allergens in baker's respiratory allergy in a Finnish population. METHODS Potential wheat allergens were purified using(More)
BACKGROUND Oxidative hair dyes commonly contain paraphenylene diamine (PPD) and its derivatives, a well-known cause of delayed hypersensitivity among both consumers and hairdressers. They are also considered possible causes of occupational respiratory diseases. Despite the widespread use of hair dyes, there are only a few reports of asthma, rhinitis, and(More)
BACKGROUND Evaluations of rhinitis reactions in inhalation challenges (ICs) are sparse compared with research on nasal challenges. This study evaluates the outcome of IC tests in assessing occupational rhinitis (OR). It presents the largest rhinologic IC data in the literature, analyzing the exposure method of various agents causing OR and their relation to(More)
OBJECTIVE This article evaluates health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among patients with occupational rhinitis (OR), with an average of 10 years after diagnosis. METHODS A cross-sectional questionnaire with general (RAND-36) and disease-specific (Rhinasthma) HRQoL questions was completed by 119 OR patients and 173 controls of the same age and locality.(More)
The aim of this pilot research was to investigate acute voice and throat symptoms related to organic dust exposure among nine subjects with suspected occupational rhinitis or asthma. Subjective voice and throat symptoms were recorded before and after an occupational exposure test. In addition, the study included perceptual assessment of subjects' voice(More)
No allergens related to paprika or cayenne respiratory allergy have been identified thus far. We describe a previously healthy 28-year woman who developed work-related rhinoconjunctivitis after four years of kebab-restaurant work. The allergy was studied using skin prick tests, serum specific IgE and nasal provocation tests. Specific IgE protein reactions(More)
BACKGROUND Seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) caused by intermittent exposure to seasonal pollen causes itching, nasal congestion, and repeated sneezing, with profound effects on quality of life, work productivity, and school performance. Although both the genotype and environmental factors can contribute to the immunologic basis of allergic reactions, the(More)
In the examinations of recurrent or chronic rhinitis, important aspect is whether the rhinitis symptoms and work are related. Dusts, fumes, smoke, vapours and smells at work can all cause nasal irritation or rhinitis. Occupational rhinitis (OR) means that rhinitis is mainly caused by work. OR is usually IgE-mediated allergic rhinitis, and rarely caused by(More)