Occupational Asthma (cont.)
Occupational Asthma Prevention
Treatment in occupational asthma is focused on preventing or minimizing asthma attacks. The main strategy for doing this is reducing or stopping exposure to the trigger.
- Work with your employer to "clean up" the workplace.
- You or your health-care provider should be able to arrange for measurement of air quality in the workplace.
- Your employer should provide protective gear, such as masks or respirators, to avoid exposure to the trigger.
- Careless use or spills of respiratory irritants, inappropriate ventilation, and improper protective gear contribute to the occurrence of asthma in the workplace. These problems can be remedied.
- If these measures don't reduce your symptoms, talk to your employer about retraining for a different position that would not involve exposure to your trigger.
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