Biological washing powders as allergensBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6973.195a (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:195
- Michael Flindt
- Retired consultant in occupational medicine Cautley, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA1 5LU
EDITOR,—A paper by me1 is cited by P J Rees in the reply to a query on whether biological washing powders might be a new allergen.2 Rees states that I reported late onset asthma in workers in factories producing these powders. In fact, the proteolytic enzyme was found to be a potent respiratory sensitiser, causing immediate and late asthma mediated by IgE in both atopic and non-atopic subjects, few of whom had had asthma …
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