IgE-mediated chlorhexidine allergy: a new occupational hazard?

Vasantha Nagendran, Jennifer Wicking, Anjali Ekbote, Theresa Onyekwe, Lene Heise Garvey

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Abstract

Chlorhexidine is an effective antimicrobial agent commonly used in UK hospitals, primarily for skin decontamination. Recent UK infection control guidelines recommend the use of 2% chlorhexidine solution in specific clinical settings, thus increasing chlorhexidine use by health care workers (HCWs). Chlorhexidine has been widely reported to cause IgE-mediated allergic reactions (from urticaria and angioedema to anaphylaxis) among patients undergoing surgery/invasive procedures. Despite its widespread use in health care settings, there are no reports of clinically confirmed occupational IgE-mediated chlorhexidine allergy.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftOccupational Medicine
Vol/bind59
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)270-2
Antal sider3
ISSN0962-7480
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2009

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