Occupational asthma is the most common work-related respiratory disease in which substances found in the workplace cause the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow. This leads to attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Italian Allergists conducted a survey and found 80 cases were registered due to occupational asthma. Patients were mostly between 30 and 62 years old 19% were between 18 and 30 years. Bakers, hairdressers and healthcare workers were more frequently involved.
Avoiding the workplace irritant that causes your symptoms is critical. However, once you become sensitive to a substance, tiny amounts may trigger asthma symptoms, even if you wear a mask or respirator. You may need medications to control your symptoms and prevent asthma attacks. Treating asthma involves both preventing symptoms and treating an asthma attack in progress. The right medication for you depends on a number of things, including your age, symptoms, asthma triggers and what seems to work best to keep your asthma under control.