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Occupational Asthma

  • Occupational Asthma

     Occupational Asthma can be defined as adult asthma caused by workplace exposures and not by factors outside the workplace. The wider definition of "work related" asthma includes all cases where there is an association between symptoms and work, and includes "work aggravated asthma", meaning pre-existing or coincidental new onset adult asthma which is made worse by non-specific factors in the workplace. Asthma caused by specific work factors is of two broad types: "allergic occupational asthma" and "irritant induced occupational asthma". Incidence of occupational asthma in UK is 2–15/100,000 employees, accounting for 5–15 % of total number of asthma cases. In 2014 there were an estimated 132 new cases of occupational asthma seen by chest physicians (THOR-SWORD).

  • Occupational Asthma

     Symptoms of occupational asthma include general symptoms of an asthma attack, such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulty. Eye irritation, nasal congestion, or runny nose may also be present. As stated previously, this can be allergy-related or an irritant reaction from exposure to asthma triggers in the workplace. 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. Researches are happening at The British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF)

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