Allergy Asthma Immunol Res.  2011 Jul;3(3):212-214. 10.4168/aair.2011.3.3.212.

Occupational Asthma Induced by the Reactive Dye Synozol Red-K 3BS

  • 1Department of Allergy and Rheumatology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.


Various reactive dyes can elicit occupational asthma in exposed textile industry workers. To date, there has been no report of occupational asthma caused by the red dye Synozol Red-K 3BS (Red-K). Here, we report a 38-year-old male textile worker with occupational asthma and rhinitis induced by inhalation of Red-K. He showed positive responses to Red-K extract on skin-prick testing and serum specific IgE antibodies to Red-K-human serum albumin conjugate were detected using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. A bronchoprovocation test with Red-K extract resulted in significant bronchoconstriction. These findings suggest that the inhalation of the reactive dye Red-K can induce IgE-mediated occupational asthma and rhinitis in exposed workers.


Asthma; reactive dye; occupation
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