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Title: Clinical evaluation of patients with complaints related to formaldehyde exposure

Formaldehyde is a very widely used chemical in our present society and one with which every physician has had a first-hand experience in his early days of training in the anatomy laboratory. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health lists 52 occupations that expose people to formaldehyde. In recent years, however, the increasing use of formaldehyde resins in the production of building materials such as particleboard and urea-formaldehyde foam insulation has resulted in exposures of large numbers of people in nonoccupational settings. Consumer products such as cosmetics, cigarettes, textiles, furniture, draperies, and preservatives release formaldehyde. It is present in the outdoor atmosphere from products of combustion and automobile exhaust and likewise in the home from such things as gas cooking. These more widespread and increased exposures have resulted in concern regarding potential health effects. Therefore, it is likely that physicians have or will encounter patients who wish evaluations of a present or potential health effect from formaldehyde. This article is for the purpose of providing assistance in such evaluation.110 references.
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OSTI Identifier:
5526448
Resource Type:
Journal Article
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Journal Name: J. Allergy Clin. Immunol.; (United States); Journal Volume: 6
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; FORMALDEHYDE; ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE; HEALTH HAZARDS; ASTHMA; OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES; PATIENTS; POLLUTION SOURCES; REVIEWS; ALDEHYDES; DISEASES; DOCUMENT TYPES; HAZARDS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; RESPIRATORY SYSTEM DISEASES 560306* -- Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology-- Man-- (-1987)