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What's the treatment for occupational asthma?

The objective of treatment is to limit exposure to the allergen and improve symptoms with bronchodilator therapy. In some instances, symptoms may persist despite removal of the source of exposure. Medications include hand-held inhalers or nebulizers to deliver bronchodilators. Other therapies for bronchial asthma may be added in more severe cases. The most effective treatment for occupational asthma is to reduce or eliminate exposure to symptom-producing substances. In some circumstances where exposure is unavoidable or intermittent, drug treatment may be recommended. In advanced cases of occupational asthma with complications resulting in severely damaged airways, combined medical treatment including drugs, physical therapy, and breathing aids may be needed. Because asthma symptoms and the substances that provoke them can change, a patient who has occupational asthma should be closely monitored by a family physician, allergist, or doctor who specializes in occupational medicine or lung disease.

 

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What is occupational asthma? - Occupational asthma is a form of lung disease in which the breathing passages shrink, swell, or become inflamed or congested as a result of exposure to irritants in the workplace.
What causes occupational asthma? - There are many agents in the workplace that can cause occupational asthma. More than 240 causes of occupational asthma have been identified.
What're the symptoms of occupational asthma? - Symptoms and signs of occupational asthma include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
How is occupational asthma diagnosed? - The history reveals a pattern of worsening symptoms of occupational asthma associated with exposure to a specific agent or workplace environment.
What's the treatment for occupational asthma? - The objective of treatment for occupational asthma is to limit exposure to the allergen and improve symptoms with bronchodilator therapy.
How to prevent occupational asthma? - Reduction in exposure to the occupational trigger is the most important step to prevent occupational asthma.
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