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Table 8 Acute symptoms in exposed female and male textile workers

From: Gender and respiratory findings in workers occupationally exposed to organic aerosols: A meta analysis of 12 cross-sectional studies

Group Sex N Cough % Dyspnea % Throat Eye irritation % Nose Headache %
      irritation % dryness %   secretion % dryness % bleeding %  
Cotton F 37 61.5 54.9 72.5 69.3 70.5 20.5 40.5 20.3 45.7
  M 34 63.7 56.9 67.3 60.5 61.3 19.5 50.0 21.4 21.5
Hemp F 48 76.3 65.8 71.1 81.5 68.4 23.7 65.8 28.9 47.4
  M 29 71.4 71.4 67.9 67.9 82.1 17.9 60.7 28.0 82.1
Wool F 176 67.2 60.3 50.1 40.5 41.5 30.6 30.2 29.5 35.1
  M 76 68.3 62.4 55.1 41.4 44.5 32.5 32.5 30.1 22.5
Jute F 70 63.2 63.2 57.9 63.2 73.7 36.8 36.8 26.3 73.7
  M 15 60.1 62.3 50.7 60.3 65.5 30.7 31.2 25.1 19.3
Sisal F 50 60.0 35.0 45.0 45.0 60.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0
  M 19 57.2 30.1 40.2 41.3 40.0 19.5 15.1 17.1 12.3
All textile workers F 381 65.6 55.8 59.3 59.9 62.8 26.3 38.7 25.0 44.4
  M 173 64.1 56.6 56.2 54.3 58.7 24.0 37.9 24.3 31.5
  1. F = female
  2. M = male