Wood dust is an irritant and is carcinogenic to the nasal mucosa.
It inhibits its own clearance from the nose.
It therefore makes sense to lavage retained wood dust from the nose following exposure.
To our knowledge this is the second study conducted to determine whether the procedure of nasal lavage reduces nasal symptoms in woodworkers.
Forty-six woodworkers from 150 approached volunteered to trial nasal lavage using gravity fed, home-made unbuffered isotonic saline for 2 months in a crossover trial and then be followed-up a year later.
The group reported significantly decreased nasal symptoms and over half continued to use nasal lavage voluntarily after 1 year.
Results support the findings of the previous study that nasal lavage mproves nasal symptoms and supplements those findings with data indicating patterns of voluntary usage following the study's conclusion.
It is concluded that nasal avage is an acceptable, effective and inexpensive option with minimal side effects for woodworkers who experience nasal symptoms and who wish to try the procedure.
Mots-clés Pascal : Industrie bois, Poussière, Toxicité, Tumeur maligne, Nez, Prévention, Lavage, Solution saline, Homme, Milieu professionnel, Médecine travail, Attitude, ORL pathologie, Nez pathologie, Acceptabilité
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Wood industry, Dust, Toxicity, Malignant tumor, Nose, Prevention, Washing, Saline solution, Human, Occupational environment, Occupational medicine, Attitude, ENT disease, Nose disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0467158
Code Inist : 002B03L03. Création : 22/03/2000.