Table 2

Association between occupational exposures and inflammatory biomarkers

Airborne
occupational exposures
Cross-sectional analysesLongitudinal analyses
(Ln) CRP(Ln) Eosinophils(Ln) NeutrophilsEosinophils (105/L)Neutrophils (106/L)
B* (95% CI)B* (95% CI)B* (95% CI)B* (95% CI)B* (95% CI)
No exposureReferenceReferenceReferenceReferenceReference
Allergens0.05 (−0.08 to −0.02)−0.01 (−0.02 to 0.01)0.01 (−0.02 to −0.01)−12 (−40 to 16)18 (−8 to 44)
Reactive chemicals0.05 (−0.08 to −0.02)0 (−0.01 to 0.01)0.01 (−0.02 to −0.01)−5 (−34 to 23)−1 (−27 to 25)
Pesticides−0.05 (−0.12 to 0.01)−0.01 (−0.03 to 0.02)0.02 (−0.04 to −0.01)−24 (−81 to 35)51 (−2 to 104)
Micro-organisms0.09 (−0.16 to −0.02)−0.03 (−0.05 to 00)0.02 (−0.03 to −0.01)−35 (−96 to 26)30 (−27 to 86)
  • Linear regression models were adjusted for baseline age, sex, BMI, pack-years, smoking, education, monthly income, asthma and medication. The longitudinal analyses were additionally adjusted for time between baseline and follow-up.

  • Bold: P<0.05.

  • *B-coefficients of the linear regression analyses.

  • BMI, body mass index; CRP, C reactive protein.