Health Tip: Working on Occupational Asthma
(HealthDay News) -- Occupational asthma is generally defined as a lung disorder caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust or other potentially harmful substances while "on the job." Up to 15 percent of asthma cases in the United States may be job-related.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, once the cause is identified, employees and employers should make every effort to reduce affected workers' exposure levels. For instance, a worker could be moved to another job within the plant. Work areas should be monitored so that exposure to asthma-causing substances is kept at the lowest possible levels.
People with occupational asthma should see an allergist for an evaluation. In some cases, pre-treatment with specific medications to counteract the effects of workplace substances may help.