The impact of Hymenoptera venom allergy on occupational activities

E. Kahan*, R. Ben-Moshe, E. Derazne, R. Tamir

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The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of allergy to hymenoptera venom on the occupational activities of patients undergoing immunologic treatment for insect sting anaphylaxis. The design was a cross-sectional study conducted in a sample of 500 out of 1,500 patients undergoing venom inmunotherapy for insect sting reaction in 13 allergy clinics in Israel. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data about demographic characteristics of patients, severity of the allergic reaction, and adverse effects on occupational activities. Of the 204 respondents who were part of the labour force, 48.5% reported adverse effects on routine occupational activities. The factors with a significant influence on the probability of adverse occupational effects were: (1) patient's type of work (blue collar vs. white collar: OR = 3.22, p < 0.001; army vs. white collar: OR = 5.28, p = 0.001); (2) severity of the allergic reaction (severe reaction vs. mild/moderate reaction: OR = 2.34, p = 0.007). Our findings suggest that severe insect sting allergy has an adverse impact on patients' occupational activities. This factor requires special attention by the medical community. Social workers and occupational physicians should collaborate in the assessment and management of these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-276
Number of pages4
JournalOccupational Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997


  • Allergy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Hymenoptera


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