|Asthma is a respiratory disease. It creates narrowing of the airways in the lungs. When individuals are exposed to certain substances, their airways narrow, making it difficult for them to breathe.
What is Occupational Asthma?
Occupational asthma refers to asthma that is caused by breathing in specific agents attributable to a particular working environment and not to stimuli encountered outside the workplace.
Who is at Risk?
Only a small proportion of exposed workers develop occupational asthma.
Workers most likely develop the disease are those with a personal or family history of allergies or asthma and frequent exposure to highly sensitizing substances such as certain chemicals, wood dust or animal antigens. But the disease can also develop in a person with no known allergies.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptoms include:
Asthma symptoms vary among people. Some people may have all these symptoms while others may only have a wheeze or a cough.
|Listed below are some identified triggers of Occupational Asthma:
The best way to prevent occupational asthma is: